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Port of Flowers (1943)

Hana saku minato (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 29 July 1943 (Japan)
The sweet but naive denizens of a charming port town are hoodwinked by a couple of con men who prey on them at the outset of the war, but the hustlers' plan backfires when they come down with severe cases of conscience.

Director:

Keisuke Kinoshita

Writers:

Kazuo Kikuta (story), Yoshiro Tsuji (script)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eitarô Ozawa Eitarô Ozawa ... Shûzô Nonagase
Ken Uehara Ken Uehara ... Tomekichi Katsumata
Mitsuko Mito ... O-haru
Chishû Ryû ... Nobadama
Eijirô Tôno ... Hayashida
Takeshi Sakamoto ... Okuda, chief villager
Yôsuke Hanzawa Yôsuke Hanzawa ... Ryôji Hirayu
Fusako Maki Fusako Maki ... Setsuyo
Chieko Higashiyama ... O-kano
Sachiko Murase ... O-yuki
Kanji Kawahara Kanji Kawahara ... Kesaji
Einosuke Naka Einosuke Naka ... Policeman
Shirô Ôsaka Shirô Ôsaka ... Eikichi
Morihiko Kezuka Morihiko Kezuka ... Engineer
Toshio Shimamura Toshio Shimamura ... Janitor
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The sweet but naive denizens of a charming port town are hoodwinked by a couple of con men who prey on them at the outset of the war. But the hustlers' plan backfires when they come down with severe cases of conscience. Kinoshita's directorial debut is a breezy, warmhearted, and often very funny crowd-pleaser that's a testament to the filmmaker's faith in people. Written by Anonymous

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Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

29 July 1943 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

A Blooming Port See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Shochiku See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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In The Shadow of World War II
30 December 2014 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

The sweet but naive denizens of a charming port town are hoodwinked by a couple of con men who prey on them at the outset of the war. But the hustlers' plan backfires when they come down with severe cases of conscience.

Although lesser known internationally than his fellow filmmakers such as Akira Kurosawa, Kenji Mizoguchi and Yasujirō Ozu, Keisuke Kinoshita was nonetheless a household figure at home beloved by audience and critics alike, especially in the forties through the sixties. Indeed, those catching "Port of Flowers" on Criterion's collection of Kinoshita films may never have heard of the man at all, despite his numerous honors.

The film is quite good, with an interesting plot and solid direction. Unfortunately the sound is a little patchy, with a slight echo, like an old phonograph. But when considering the film has never seen a proper release and was made while Japan was in the middle of a war (which it would end up losing), it comes as no surprise the film industry was not working at full strength.


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