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Animated Classics of Japanese Literature: The Izu Dancer/The Dancing Girl/A Ghost Story (1986)

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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Central Park Media
Genre: Anime, Drama, Animation, Cel
Running Time: 75 min.
Languages: Japanese
Subtitles: English
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Synopsis
The Izu Dancer by Kawabata Yusunari

Kawabata Yasunari (1899-1972) won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1968. His writings include over a hundred short "palm of the hand" stories. These stories emphasize the commonplace episodes that nonetheless make indelible impressions on human lives.

A young student falls in love with a traveling dancer. Their love is sincere, but social differences may tear them apart.

The Dancing Girl by Mori Ohgai

Mori Ohgai (1866-1922) spent much of his youth as an army physician. Upon his return to civilian life, Mori turned his talents to writing, and became an important figure in the Japanese Romantic literary movement.

A Japanese man working in turn of the century Berlin fathers a child with an impoverished dancer. Together, they strive to build a hove and family, but political difficulties force the father to choose between his career and the woman he loves.

A Ghost Story by Koizumi Yakumo

Born in Greece as Lafcadio Hearn, Koizumi Yakumo (1850-1904) spent his youth in Europe and America. In 1890, his travels brought him to Japan, where he taught English, married into a traditional samurai family, and became a citizen. He is the author of many books on the Japanese culture.

A blind lute player chants the old legend of a great battle between the Genji and Heiki families. His music attracts the attention of the Heiki dead, whose ghosts request a performance.

GreenCine Member Reviews

Very visually beautiful by MBreslau August 16, 2012 - 6:27 AM PDT
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The first and third segment ave very japanese and subtitled clearly.
The middle segment seems to be set in late 19th century Europe (Germany, Italy?) with occasional references to Japanese culture. Also, it has no English subtitles that my top-of-the-line player could display, so I can't tell what's going on.




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