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Record of a Tenement Gentleman (1947)

Nagaya shinshiroku (original title)
A young boy follows Tashiro home to his tenement housing complex on the outskirts of Tokyo, the boy who was separated from his carpenter father somehow and somewhere in Kudan. All Tashiro ... See full summary »

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Yasujirô Ozu
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Credited cast:
Chôko Iida ... Otane
Hôhi Aoki Hôhi Aoki ... Kohei the boy
Eitarô Ozawa ... Father
Mitsuko Yoshikawa ... Kikuko
Reikichi Kawamura Reikichi Kawamura ... Tamekichi
Hideko Mimura Hideko Mimura ... Okiku
Chishû Ryû ... Tashiro
Takeshi Sakamoto ... Kihachi Kawayoshi
Eiko Takamatsu Eiko Takamatsu ... Tome
Taiji Tonoyama ... Photographer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yûichi Kôno Yûichi Kôno
Seiji Nishimura Seiji Nishimura
Fujiyo Osafune Fujiyo Osafune
Yoshino Tani Yoshino Tani
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A young boy follows Tashiro home to his tenement housing complex on the outskirts of Tokyo, the boy who was separated from his carpenter father somehow and somewhere in Kudan. All Tashiro knows is that the boy and his father came to town from Chigasaki that morning. Despite Tashiro's want to house the kid until they decide what to do more permanently, Tashiro's roommate, Tamekichi, the tenement's head, won't let the kid stay, not liking children and not wanting to get involved. So Tashiro foists the kid onto their neighbor, the widowed Tane, who too protests, she also not liking children and not wanting to get involved. Tane treats the boy with disdain, which only increases by the next morning due to an overnight incident. Amongst the tenement residents, Tane is charged with going to Chigasaki to see if she can find the father or find out what happened to him. On that trip, what she learns by putting the pieces of the story together is that the father purposefully abandoned the boy as... Written by Huggo

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

20 May 1947 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Historia de un vecindario See more »

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Production Co:

Shochiku See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Tamekichi: Why are you crying? You didn't much care for the kid from the beginning. Still, you miss him?
Otane: I'm not crying because I'm sad, but because I'm thinking how happy he must be. He wasn't abandoned, after all. His father wasn't heartless as I had imagined, but was a really good father. He went looking everywhere for his son. And he finally found him. When I thought that they can be together now and how happy they must be, I couldn't stop myself from crying.
Otane: [pauses to sob a bit more, then continues] ...
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Little known Ozu Masterpiece packs a subtle Wallop!
30 December 2015 | by barev-85094See all my reviews

Ozu's Record of a Tenement Gentleman, 1947. B/w, 72 minutes. Original title "Nagaya Shinshiroku ~ (長屋紳士録 ).

Viewed at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival of 2003. One of the best films seen here that year was a little known Japanese film, in the Ozu retrospective sidebar entitled, "RECORD OF A TENEMENT DWELLER" made just after the war in 1947. This was Ozu's return to filmmaking for Shochiku after four years of military service in China. The film is the story of a simple unmarried woman who is forced, much against her will, to take in a small boy, apparently abandoned in the postwar shattered Tokyo hustle and bustle. After much hostility toward the child, she finally realizes how much he has filled the void in her life and that she in fact loves him -- but only does this realization hit her when the father reappears to repossess his lost child. A simple story so directly told that it sneaks up on you like a time-bomb and makes you realize that your heart was crying -- but only ten minutes after the film is over! An early masterpiece from the master of Zen and the Art of telling stories on film, and an incredibly subtle, yet bombshell, performance by the main actress Chôko Iida, in my book, a retroactive Best Actress Oscar for the year that was. Iida was extremely active in Japanese silent pictures from 1923 on and had already appeared in supporting roles in three prewar Ozu films; "An Inn in Tokyo", (1935) the first version of "Floating Weeds" (1934), and "Dekigoro" (A Passing Fancy, 1933), but this performance when she was already pushing fifty was her acting apotheosis. Unfortunately Ozu's uniquely stylized films were not discovered in the west until after his death in 1963 and are only now becoming recognized little by little in astute cinema circles as the quiet unhurried masterpieces which they are.


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