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The Ball at the Anjo House (1947)
"Anjô-ke no butôkai" (original title)

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After Japan's loss in the war, the wealthy, cultured, liberal Anjo family have to give up their mansion and their way of life. They hold one last ball at the house before leaving. The ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Osamu Takizawa ...
Tadahiko, father
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Masahiko, 1st son
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Atsuko, 2nd daughter
Yumeko Aizome ...
Akiko, 1st daughter
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shin'ichi Himori ...
Takehiko
Michiko Ikuno ...
Kiku, maid
Takashi Kanda ...
Toyama
Masao Shimizu ...
Shinkawa
Chieko Takehisa ...
Chiyo, Tadahiko's girlfriend
Keiko Tsushima ...
Yoko, Shinkawa's daughter
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After Japan's loss in the war, the wealthy, cultured, liberal Anjo family have to give up their mansion and their way of life. They hold one last ball at the house before leaving. The seemingly cold, cynical son secretly grieves for his defeated father and the values that the war destroyed, while the daughter tries to prevent father from taking his life and to find her own place in the new Japan. Written by John D. Baldwin <jbaldwin@tiac.net>

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27 September 1947 (Japan)  »

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Anjô-ke no butôkai  »

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This movie was one of the ten favorite films of distinguished author and Japanese cinema fan Susan Sontag. See more »

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Neglected Masterpiece
15 March 2003 | by (Columbia, South Carolina, USA) – See all my reviews

This shamefully neglected 1947 Japanese film will probably never be seen by most people. I was fortunate enough to catch it at a current Japanese film retrospective at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. It does not appear to be available on video. This is a shame, because it is much better than many better known Japanese films. It concerns a family that was a member of the Japanese nobility. During the forced democratization that occurred during the post-WWII occupation, they are forced to give up not only their titles but most of their wealth and property as well. The film superbly illustrates the role of status in individual identity and the extent to which loss of status can cause identity to disintegrate. It reminds me somewhat of Renoir's "Grand Illusion," which is also about the passing of the old order. It forced us to ask whether the existence of a nobility was any worse than the piratic capitalists who followed them. See this if you can!


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