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Ongaku kigeki horoyoi jinsei (1933)

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Sachiko Chiba ...
Emiko
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Tokukichi
Heihachirô Ôkawa ...
Asao (as Heihachirô 'Henry' Ôkawa)
Masako Tsutsumi
Roppa Furukawa ...
Roppa
Shirô Ôtsuji ...
Drunken
Musei Tokugawa ...
Owner beer brewer
Dekao Yokoo ...
Chief gangster
Hisao Yoshitani ...
A thief
Tokio Seki ...
Asao's father
Sadao Maruyama ...
'Runpen', a vagabond
Eiko Aida ...
Owner Icecream shop
Ryûtarô Nakane
Yoshiko Futaba
Chizuko Kanda
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17 August 1933 (Japan)  »

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Intoxicated Life  »

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The first production from what would eventually become Toho Co Ltd. See more »

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Someone Must Have Been Drinking
9 May 2015 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Sachiko Chiba sells beer at a railroad station. Two young men are in love with her. One of them sells ice cream at the same station. He wants to marry her and open a beer hall. The other is a music student who has just sold his first song.We get to hear that song a lot.

There are also a couple of shady characters who wander in and out of the movie, solely to make things happen. My sense of the essential plotlessness of this one might be due to its being a B movie, with an editor cutting out random bits simply to make it short enough so that the theaters can get in another show that day. However, I have seen enough very old Japanese movies to be convinced that often plot drives character in the national cinema, and not the other way around.

That being noted, it doesn't mean it's a good idea. This one looks like an RKO piece from the era, with Art Moderne sets that are clearly staged, as well as sequences where people move very strangely in some variation of stage convention. If it had been an American B, it would have been carried solely on the charms of its leads, and they certainly seem like engaging people with understandable dreams, even if how they achieve them makes little sense.


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