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Tôma Kitabayashi (story)
Mitsu Suyama (writer)
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Release Date:
1 June 1933 (Japan) See more »
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  (in credits order)
Michiko Oikawa ... Sunako Kurokawa
Yukiko Inoue ... Dora Kennel
Ureo Egawa ... Henry
Ranko Sawa ... Yôko Sheridan
Yumeko Aizome ... Masumi
Tatsuo Saitô ... Miura - a Painter
Yasuo Nanjo ... Harada - a Gentleman (as Yasuo Nanjô)

Directed by
Hiroshi Shimizu 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Tôma Kitabayashi  story
Mitsu Suyama  writer

Cinematography by
Taro Sasaki 
Set Decoration by
Kotaro Inoue 
Costume Design by
Tetsuzô Shibata 
Makeup Department
Sueko Endô .... hair stylist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Isao Numanami .... assistant director
Tai Ogiwara .... assistant director
Yasushi Sasaki .... assistant director
Takeshi Sato .... assistant director
Art Department
Takashi Kanasu .... designs
Tarô Yahagi .... chief set constructor
Camera and Electrical Department
Seiji Nishiyama .... assistant photographer
Toshio Ubukata .... assistant photographer
Tatsumi Yoshimura .... set lighting
Saburô Yoshiyama .... assistant photographer
Other crew
Hidesaburô Fujioka .... title designer
Kiyomitsu Hinata .... text photography
Tetsu Kanamori .... stage manager
Toshimi Nassho .... film development

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Also Known As:
"Minato no nihonmusume" - Japan (original title)
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Hong Kong:72 min (Hong Kong International Film Festival) | USA:72 min
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1.37 : 1 See more »
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6 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Sometimes hard to follow, 22 March 2009
Author: zetes from Saint Paul, MN

This story involves two girls, Dora and Sunako, who are best friends in Yokohama. They vow never to separate, but along enters a man (with the Western name Henry). Sunako goes for him, but he's a bad guy, a gangster and a philanderer. She eventually catches him with another woman, and does something rash. In her shame, Sunako runs away only to become a geisha. Later she meets up with Dora and Henry again, now married to each other and feeling guilty for what became of Sunako. Japanese Girls at the Harbor is often a very pretty film, but I sometimes found it to be poorly made. The first half is especially confusing with Shimizu's gimmicky editing. And the transition between the big event of the first half and the second half of the film is never quite clear. I had initially thought I was confused because I watched it tired, but I watched most of the first half over again and still found it hard to put together. Plus, whenever characters who aren't one of the main three enter the film, it's always hard to understand who they are. The second half of the film is much stronger than the first, but I would still complain that Henry and Dora are never especially interesting characters. My attention was focused entirely on Sunako, and I found it hard to concentrate when she wasn't around. This is the earliest film in the Eclipse Travels with Hiroshi Shimizu box set (and the only silent film), and I've read at least one review of the set that claims that it's the weakest. Looking at the better aspects of the film, it's clear that Shimizu is a talented director. I'm confident that the other films will be better. I definitely do not recommend starting with this film if you're just renting them. Skip it all together, or at least come back to it later.

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