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Eclipse Series 15: Travels with Hiroshi Shimizu (1933-1941)

Cast: Yumeko Aizome, Ureo Egawa
Director: Hiroshi Shimizu
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Studio: Criterion
Genre: Classics, Drama, Foreign, Japan, Classic Drama, Criterion Collection, Silent, Silent Dramas
Languages: Japanese
Subtitles: English

Synopses
Eclipse Series 15: Travels with Hiroshi Shimizu: Japanese Girls at the Harbor (Disc 1 of 4) (1933)
One of Shimizu Hiroshi's most representative silent films, Minato no Nihon Musume portrays the evolving relationships of two young women as fate takes them down different roads. Sunako and Dora, two schoolgirls attending a Christian school in the East-meets-West port city of Yokohama, pledge their eternal friendship to each other, but their lives begin a long spiral downward and apart after they meet westernized gangster Henry.

Eclipse Series 15: Travels with Hiroshi Shimizu: Mr. Thank You (Disc 2 of 4) (1936)
Based on a short story by Nobel Prize-winning author Kawabata Yasunari, this lighthearted road film follows the rolling wheels of a country bus manned by a driver who says "thank you" to everyone he encounters. "Mr. Thank You" drives into various humorous and telling episodes with different passenger and travelers as he rumbles his way through the mountainous countryside. Arigatau-san highlights common Shimizu motifs of location shooting, constant movement, and heartwarming sentiments, while at the same time subtly addressing real-world worries like Depression-era woes and the condition of Korean laborers.

Eclipse Series 15: Travels with Hiroshi Shimizu: Ornamental Hairpin (Disc 4 of 4) (1941)
Based on an Ibuse Masuji short story, this delightful escapist drama is set at a hot spring resort providing sanctuary to people of vastly different backgrounds and personalities bounded by one thing: their common desire to not leave. The resort's patrons include a Tokyo woman (Tanaka Kinuyo) with a mysterious past who develops a brief relationship with a wounded soldier (Ryu Chishu). A comedic piece filmed and set during wartime Japan, Kanzashi makes a statement with its lightness.

Eclipse Series 15: Travels with Hiroshi Shimizu: The Masseurs and a Woman (Disc 3 of 4) (1938)
Anma to Onna revolves around a pair of traveling blind masseurs who stop at an inn. One of the masseurs, Tokuichi (Saburi Shin), takes an interest in a woman (Takamine Meiko) from Tokyo who seems be hiding a mysterious past. The film peeks in and out of the lives and stories of the characters in unexpected ways that defy narrative conventions.

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Eclipse Series 15: Travels with Hiroshi Shimizu: Japanese Girls at the Harbor (Disc 1 of 4) (1933)
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