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Record of a Tenement Gentleman (1947)

Nagaya shinshiroku (original title)
A young boy follows Tashiro home to his tenement housing complex on the outskirts of Tokyo, the boy who was separated from his carpenter father somehow and somewhere in Kudan. All Tashiro ... See full summary »

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Yasujirô Ozu
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Credited cast:
Chôko Iida ... Otane
Hôhi Aoki Hôhi Aoki ... Kohei the boy
Eitarô Ozawa Eitarô Ozawa ... Father
Mitsuko Yoshikawa ... Kikuko
Reikichi Kawamura Reikichi Kawamura ... Tamekichi
Hideko Mimura Hideko Mimura ... Okiku
Chishû Ryû ... Tashiro
Takeshi Sakamoto ... Kihachi Kawayoshi
Eiko Takamatsu Eiko Takamatsu ... Tome
Taiji Tonoyama ... Photographer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yûichi Kôno Yûichi Kôno
Seiji Nishimura Seiji Nishimura
Fujiyo Osafune Fujiyo Osafune
Yoshino Tani Yoshino Tani
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A young boy follows Tashiro home to his tenement housing complex on the outskirts of Tokyo, the boy who was separated from his carpenter father somehow and somewhere in Kudan. All Tashiro knows is that the boy and his father came to town from Chigasaki that morning. Despite Tashiro's want to house the kid until they decide what to do more permanently, Tashiro's roommate, Tamekichi, the tenement's head, won't let the kid stay, not liking children and not wanting to get involved. So Tashiro foists the kid onto their neighbor, the widowed Tane, who too protests, she also not liking children and not wanting to get involved. Tane treats the boy with disdain, which only increases by the next morning due to an overnight incident. Amongst the tenement residents, Tane is charged with going to Chigasaki to see if she can find the father or find out what happened to him. On that trip, what she learns by putting the pieces of the story together is that the father purposefully abandoned the boy as... Written by Huggo

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

20 May 1947 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Historia de un vecindario See more »

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Shochiku See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Tamekichi: [curious about Tashiro's work, which involves fortunetelling] Does fortunetelling work?
Tashiro: Of course it does. Nothing works better.
Tamekichi: Really? The other day you left home wearing rain boots, but the day turned out to be sunny.
Tashiro: Weather isn't my specialty. The weather forecast on the radio works well for that.
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Another Ozu masterpiece
24 March 2003 | by howard.schumannSee all my reviews

Record of a Tenement Gentleman by Yasujiro Ozu is a heartwarming story of the power of love to heal the hardest heart. In this case the heart belongs to Tane (Shoko Lida), a stern and unforgiving middle-aged widow whose life is turned upside down when a taciturn little boy is brought to her home by a fortuneteller, Tashiro (Chishu Ryu). The boy, Kohei (Hohi Aoki) was lost or abandoned in Chigasaki and followed Tashiro all the way home. After Kohei wets his bed, Tane scolds him in a gruff manner and tries to pass him off to her neighbors but nobody seems to want to care for him.

Tane takes the boy back to Chigasaki to look for his father (Eitaro Ozawa) but learns that he has left for Tokyo. She returns home and reluctantly agrees to take care of the child a while longer. Shoko Lida beautifully recreates Tane's character showing her to be both tough and tender, her hangdog facial expression indicating that perhaps she is more burdened down by life than cold and rejecting. When the frightened boy runs away after being scolded one more time, Tane realizes that she has begun to have affection for him. Tane and Tashiro now belatedly discover how can children contribute to the quality of life and both develop a new understanding and compassion for the condition of children in postwar Japan. Record of a Tenement Gentleman is another small masterpiece from Ozu.


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