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Momotaro's Underwater Adventure (1932)

Umi no Momotarô (original title)
In this short we see another adventure of Momotaro, this time he is called to fight a terrible shark, so Momotaro and his team accept the mission, only this time the Pheasant can not go because he can not swim.

Director:

Yasuji Murata

Writers:

Chûzô Aochi (screenplay) (as Chuzo Aoji), Chûzô Aochi (story) (as Chuzo Aoji)
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In this short we see another adventure of Momotaro, this time he is called to fight a terrible shark, so Momotaro and his team accept the mission, only this time the Pheasant can not go because he can not swim.

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Yet another bastardization of the old Momotaro tale.
25 July 2020 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Back towards the end of the 14th century, the story of Momotaro, the Peach Boy, began. And, over the centuries the story has been told and retold until it's become a classic. Surprisingly, during the Russo-Japanese War in the 1890s, Momotaro was altered to make him a nationalistic Japanese hero. And, the same thing happened again at about the time Japan invaded Manchuria....with quite a few cartoons being created where Momotaro and his friends are now in the Japanese military! And, as such, their job is to help people and make the world a better place....an interesting way to try to explain away a war based on Japanese aggression and expansionism!

In this story, an evil shark is bothering the animals in the ocean. So, Momotaro and his friends are going to investigate using Momotaro's submarine(!). However, only his dog and monkey friends join him as his pheasant friend cannot swim. Oddly, apparently Momotaro and the two friends not only can swim but breath under water! And, using this sub and a very sharp sword, they mete justice out to the evil shark!

So, the moral seems to be that the Japanese war machine is there to help make the world a better place. An interesting and upside down message....making this a lousy story but an interesting historical curio.


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

26 January 1932 (Japan) See more »

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Yokohama Cinema Shokai See more »
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