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Japanese Girls at the Harbor (1933)

Minato no nihonmusume (original title)
Two schoolgirl friends drift apart when one of them falls for a handsome boy.


Hiroshi Shimizu


Tôma Kitabayashi (story), Mitsu Suyama




Cast overview:
Michiko Oikawa Michiko Oikawa ... Sunako Kurokawa
Yukiko Inoue Yukiko Inoue ... Dora Kennel
Ureo Egawa Ureo Egawa ... Henry
Ranko Sawa Ranko Sawa ... Yôko Sheridan
Yumeko Aizome Yumeko Aizome ... Masumi
Tatsuo Saitô Tatsuo Saitô ... Miura - a Painter
Yasuo Nanjo Yasuo Nanjo ... Harada - a Gentleman (as Yasuo Nanjô)


A bad boy can win their hearts and drive them apart even in the 1930s and even in Japan and even to Christians and even when the two girls have made a vow to each other. The two schoolgirls make a promise that is easily melted away and ignored once the western-named bad boy Henry and his motorcycle come into the picture. Their lives diverge instead of holding steady and clinging to their promise. Written by aghaemi

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17 July 2009 | by ebiros2See all my reviews

Although the movie was made in 1933, the visuals are shockingly contemporary. In some ways the streets are cleaner and in better order than the streets of present day Yokohama. Aren't we supposed to be evolving ? I don't see any sign of that in terms of beauty of the city and the behavior of the people in this movie.

I don't know much about the film's director, but I understand that he's supposed to be one of the greats of early Japanese cinema. I can see that. There's sharpness, and vivid quality to every scene. It's almost breath taking.

Some things changes while others remain timeless. I got to reevaluate my life's value after watching this movie. So many things that I thought were important now looks silly. The people in this movie have already lived it.

Great movie to put your life into perspective, and behold at how advanced it was in 1933. With a little change in clothing and furniture, it's exactly like the life we live today.

The director of this movie had an impeccable taste.

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Release Date:

1 June 1933 (Japan) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan

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Shochiku See more »
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1.37 : 1
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