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The Living Magoroku (1943)

Ikite iru Magoroku (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 18 November 1943 (Japan)
Propaganda film about a family that won't allow the military to grow crops on their fields due to their superstitious beliefs about their son's illness, with sub-plots about about the family's heirloom sword and a blossoming romance.

Director:

Keisuke Kinoshita
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ken Uehara Ken Uehara
Fumiko Katsuragi Fumiko Katsuragi
Mitsuko Yoshikawa
Yasumi Hara Yasumi Hara
Kurumi Yamabato Kurumi Yamabato
Toshio Hosokawa Toshio Hosokawa
Reikichi Kawamura Reikichi Kawamura
Tokusaburo Miyako Tokusaburo Miyako
Kuniko Igawa
Takeshi Sakamoto
Fumiko Okamura Fumiko Okamura
Masami Maehata Masami Maehata
Kôji Kawabe Kôji Kawabe
Hirokazu Yamamoto Hirokazu Yamamoto
Jun Yokoyama Jun Yokoyama
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A superstitious farming family is hesitant to use their prized fallow fields to grow crops to help feed the nation's troops. Kinoshita's rural drama was made to promote the war effort, but his story branches off in many directions, including one subplot about the family's heirloom samurai sword and another about a blossoming young romance. Written by Anonymous

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Certificate:

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

18 November 1943 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Magoroku Is Alive See more »

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Shochiku See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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You Have But To Wake And All Problems Will Vanish
30 July 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

It's a comedy about a field on which a local curse is laid against anyone laying a hoe, two swords of the legendary swordsmith Magoroku, a young couple who want to get married, a doctor looking to buy a Magoroku to appease his father's spirit, and the household head who is dying of another curse.

It's the second known directorial effort by Keisuke Kinoshita, with no listed writer; since he had had writing credits for four years already, I suspect this is a case where he took his name off as writer, because it's a propaganda about how everyone should work hard for Japan, and it's solved by deus ex machina, which is an ending no one has taken seriously since Moliere used it in his comedies.

There are hints of Kinoshita's later issues with social pressure, the sort of issue that often resulted in savage comedies or tragedies like THE BALLAD OF NARAYAMA. For the moment, he could not do any such thing. Kinoshita was still a fledgling director, and military censors were still laying a heavy hand on directors. He would direct two propaganda movies the following year, then take a year off, returning as a writer-director of angry works for the following forty years.


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