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Tokai no yokogao (1953)

A little girl named Michiko gets lost from her mom in the neighborhood of Ginza. A friendly couple, a sign carrier and and a shoe-shine girl, start helping her. The mother is simultaneously looking for the lost child.

Director:

Hiroshi Shimizu

Writers:

Shin'ichi Sekizawa (screenplay), Hiroshi Shimizu (screenplay)
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Credited cast:
Ryô Ikebe ... Ueda [sandwich man]
Ineko Arima ... Toshiko
Michiyo Kogure ... Michiko
Hisaya Morishige Hisaya Morishige ... Mr. Maki
Kiyoko Tange Kiyoko Tange ... Kazuko
Sadako Sawamura ... Kiyoko
Junzaburô Ban Junzaburô Ban ... Fortuneteller
Tamae Kiyokawa Tamae Kiyokawa
Yoshiko Hirose Yoshiko Hirose ... Mihara
Mitsue Tachibana Mitsue Tachibana
Hiroshi Koizumi Hiroshi Koizumi
Tony Tani Tony Tani
Fuyuki Murakami Fuyuki Murakami
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sachiko Atami Sachiko Atami
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A little girl named Michiko gets lost from her mom in the neighborhood of Ginza. A friendly couple, a sign carrier and and a shoe-shine girl, start helping her. The mother is simultaneously looking for the lost child.

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Lost in Ginza
23 January 2020 | by topitimo-829-270459See all my reviews

Though he continued directing films for another 11 years, Shimizu Hiroshi could not reach the heights of "Hachi no su no kodomotachi" (Children of the Beehive, 1948) after completing that post-war masterwork. For the remainder of his career, which has afterwards been overshadowed by his pre-war and war-time works, Shimizu continued with the core theme of his filmography, that being children, but turned in uneven films. Before the shameless tear-jerker "Shiinomi gakuen" (The Shiinomi School, 1955), Shimizu made "Toka no yokogao" (Tokyo Profile, 1953), a much lighter depiction of childhood.

The film is set in the busy commercial neighborhood of Ginza, full of stores and restaurants and theaters. This is a massive change from "Beehive" already, with just five years between the two films. It's honestly what like the best in this film. It has been shot on the streets, it's lively, and serves as a document about the re-built nation at that moment in time. But don't be mistaken, neo-realism this is not.

The film is about a little girl named Michiko (Atami Sachiko) who gets separated from her mom, when they are shopping in the district. A sign carrier (Ikebe Ryo) helps the girl, by escorting her around the area looking for the mom (Kogure Michiyo), who is also looking for the child. Arima Ineko is in the film as well as a shoe-shiner, and has a small romance with Ikebe.

The film runs only 75 minutes, and the narrative would seem to be sufficient for it. Yet, Shimizu gets distracted very easily. The film wonders on to side characters who are present without a reason, there a songs and stage performances, and the tone of the film all over the place. The director's approach is very lightweight, and yet you can hardly have a good time with a narrative that is built around child's distress. Michiko is constantly becoming a supportive cast member in her own movie, and the other characters, with whom Shimizu is trying to create this "a day in the life of Ginza -tale" don't really have enough to do, to warrant them being here.

At his best, Shimizu was wonderful at exploring the psychology of children, but this film doesn't try it. It's too cheerful and too loose. Perhaps Shimizu is trying to make us all feel, like we are lost in Ginza, doomed to venture among strange, passing faces, none of whom we get to know very well.


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

8 July 1953 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Profile of a Town See more »

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Toho See more »
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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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