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The Rowing King [Fragment] (Sōtei-ō, 漕艇王), 1927

Headshot of a young Japanese man in the 1920's, setting on an unseen boat in the river, with a bridge visible behind him.

Other titles: The King of Rowing, Rowing King (alternate English titles) Production Company Nikkatsu Scenarist Yano Yoshiaki Source Yano Yoshiaki (story) Cinematography Kiga Yasugō Performers Hirose Tsunemi (Mochizuki Eiichi, the Rowing King); Natsukawa Shizue (Mitsuko, the Rector’s niece); Kanbe Hikaru…

Return to Heaven [Fragment] (Tengoku sono higaeri, 天国其日帰り), 1930

A 20th Century Japanese man in a bus driver's uniform looks up at somthing in a state of shock

Alternative titles: Heaven Day Return, Heaven Day Trip (literal English titles) Production Company Nikkatsu Uzumasa (Taiso) Scenarist Kobayashi Masashi Cinematographer Matsuzawa Matao Performers Tamura Kunio (Asahina Takuhachi, a bus driver); Sakuma Taeko (Kawai Kimiko); Mine Ginko (Kinoshita Akako); Miake Bontarō…

Crown of Life (Seimei no kanmuri, 生命の冠), 1936

Two modern Japanese women, a young girl and a middle-aged housewife, in traditional dress looking solemnly at someone beyond camera range

The Crown of Life (alternate English title) Production Company Nikkatsu Tamagawa (Chōfu) Scenarist Yagi Yasutarō Source Yamamoto Yūzō (play) Cinematographer Yokota Tatsuyuki Performers Oka Jōji (Arimura Kotarō); Takihana Hisako (Masako, his wife); Izome Shirō (Kinjirō, his younger brother); Hara Setsuko…

Hero of the Red-Light District (Yōtō monogatari: hana no Yoshiwara hyakunin-giri, 妖刀物語/花の吉原百人斬り), 1960

A facially disfigured Japanese man in feudal clothes looks at something with horror, while touching his face with his fingers

Killing in Yoshiwara; Yoshiwara: The Pleasure Quarter; Tale of Strange Swords (alternate English titles); Meurtre à Yoshiwara (alternate French title); Cursed Sword Story: Flower of Yoshiwara, Hundreds Killed (approximate literal English title) Production Company Toei (Kyoto) Scenarist Yoda Yoshikata Source…

Unending Advance (Kagirinaki zenshin, 限りなき前進), 1937

Other titles: Limitless advance (alternate English title); L’Avancée éternelle (alternate French title) Endless progress (literal English title) Production Company Nikkatsu Tamagawa (Chōfu) Scenarist Yagi Yasutarō Source Ozu Yasujirō (original story) Cinematographer Midorikawa Michio Music Yamada Eiichi Performers Kosugi Isamu (Tokumaru,…

Moving Tales of Youth: The Pure Heart (Shonen bidan: Kiyoki kokoro; 少年美談清き心), 1925

Several Japanese men in feudal dress stuck in the rungs of a ladder

Tale of a Boy: Noble Heart (alternate English title) Production Company Shakai Kyōiku Kenkyū-jo Scenarist Unknown (possibly Uchida) Source Kobayashi Sadaji (original story) Staging Oshimoto Shichinosuke Cinematographer Nagai Seiji Performers Kojima Takehiko (Mr. Sakai, the teacher); Mizushima Michitarō [as Mizushima…