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The Downfall (1935)

Orizuru Osen (original title)
In Tokyo, Osen is the servant girl of an unscrupulous antiques dealer, Kumazawa, who takes in the penniless Sokichi Hata. Kumazawa mistreats Sokichi and Osen, while swindling some Buddhist ... See full summary »

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Daijirô Natsukawa ...
Mitsusaburô Ramon ...
Ukiki
Genichi Fuji ...
Matsuda
Arata Shibata ...
Kumazawa
Mitsuru Tojo ...
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Junichi Kitamura ...
Sakazuki no Heishiro
Shizuko Takizawa ...
Osode
Sue Ito ...
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Suisei Matsui ...
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Eiji Nakano ...
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In Tokyo, Osen is the servant girl of an unscrupulous antiques dealer, Kumazawa, who takes in the penniless Sokichi Hata. Kumazawa mistreats Sokichi and Osen, while swindling some Buddhist monks out of their temple treasures. When Kumazawa is arrested, Osen agrees to help Sokichi finance his dream of going to medical school. They live in a humble room, and eventually the only way Osen can find enough money for them is to prostitute herself during the day, without Sokichi knowing. Written by Will Gilbert

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Not the best of early Japanese film
4 December 2005 | by (Santa Cruz, CA) – See all my reviews

This came second on a double bill. I tried to sit through it, but after watching "A Page of Madness" this just didn't measure up. The film falls between the silent & sound eras. It tells the tale of a male servant who is taken in by a geisha and given the support to attend school as his mother would have wished. The opening scene is very interesting & I don't want to spoil it. However, while the movie may have been one of the first (if not, then the first) Japanese sound film, it's experimental nature really ruins it for modern viewers. The film uses a narrator to relay what the dialogue or thoughts of the actors would be. To add to that, the film also uses intertitles with the dialogue (and I saw it with the addition of English subtitles, for both the narration & the intertitles). For a good part of the beginning, there is my screen time devoted to intertitles than to the actual action of the film. All this narration/explanation is really overkill for a contemporary audience. Ironically, I found it less understandable (perhaps because this overkill was putting me to sleep) despite it being more literal, than "Page of Madness" which was completely silent and had no intertitles. For that reason, I consider it more of a curio for film historians because of the way it introduced sound, but otherwise not one of the more interesting of the early years of film.


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