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Kinema no tenchi (1986)

This is Japanese melo-dramatist director Yoji Yamada's ode to 1930s film production during the transition from silent film to talkies. With many loose associations we can see the rise of a ... See full summary »

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Kiyoshi Atsumi ...
Kihachi
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Kenjiro Shimada
Narimi Arimori ...
Koharu Tanaka
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Chieko Baishô ...
Yuki
Harumi Edo
Akira Emoto ...
Director Saeki
Kanbi Fujiyama ...
Guest in Asakusa
Hajime Hana ...
Yasugoro
Mitsuru Hirata ...
Odagiri
Nana Kinomi ...
Singer
Ittoku Kishibe ...
Director Ogata
Leonard Kuma ...
Ryohei Isono
Gin Maeda ...
Kokichi
Kôshirô Matsumoto ...
Kida Studio Boss
Keiko Matsuzaka ...
Sumie Kawashima
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This is Japanese melo-dramatist director Yoji Yamada's ode to 1930s film production during the transition from silent film to talkies. With many loose associations we can see the rise of a young star Koharu Tanaka for the big New Year release entitled Floating Weeds.

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Official submission of Japan for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 59th Academy Awards in 1987. See more »

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A Lesson in Film History
8 April 2006 | by (Philippines) – See all my reviews

This work of Yoji Yamada shows the transition of eiga from the silents to the talkies (shades of "Singin' in the Rain").

Watching this proved to be a lesson in film history. I learned that eiga during the late '20s to early '30s was patterned after the Hollywood studio system.

Being under American control during those years, Philippine movies also have the same characteristic. (Unfortunately, most of those were destroyed during the Second World War, or deteriorated due to neglect).

"Kinema no Tenchi" shows movie history in an eclectic montage. Chaplinesque-Marxian humor can be noted. The rise of the actress to fame was depicted in a melodramatic fashion, a popular genre then and now.

I recommend this movie to any cineaste.


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