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The Lady and the Beard (1931)

Shukujo to hige (original title)
A bearded kendo champion has difficulties in life because of his conservative ways and his unusual beard.

Director:

Yasujirô Ozu

Writers:

Komatsu Kitamura (book), Yasujirô Ozu (gagman) (as James Maki)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Tokihiko Okada Tokihiko Okada ... Kiichi Okajima
Hiroko Kawasaki Hiroko Kawasaki ... Hiroko, Typist
Chôko Iida ... Sono haha (Hiroko's mother)
Satoko Date Satoko Date ... Furyou, Modern Girl (Satoko)
Ichirô Tsukida Ichirô Tsukida ... Teruo Yukimoto
Toshiko Iizuka Toshiko Iizuka ... Sono imouto, Ikuko (Teruo's younger sister)
Mitsuko Yoshikawa ... Sono haha (Teruo's mother)
Tatsuo Saitô Tatsuo Saitô ... Teki no taishou
Takeshi Sakamoto ... Karei (a butler)
Sôtarô Okada Sôtarô Okada ... Shachou
Yasuo Nanjo Yasuo Nanjo ... Kanemochi no mobo (Rich modern boy)
Ayako Katsuragi Ayako Katsuragi ... Sono haha
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A bearded kendo champion has difficulties in life because of his conservative ways and his unusual beard.

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

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Country:

Japan

Release Date:

7 February 1931 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

The Lady and Her Favorite See more »

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Production Co:

Shochiku See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Poster for what must be The Rogue Song (1930) decorates the wall in Okajima's apartment. See more »

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Lubitsch, Ozu-Style
29 April 2018 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

The title would today suggest something entirely different, but this is an early Ozu comedy with an entirely different point. Tokihiko Okada is graduating from college, but no employer wants to hire some one with a full, bushy beard, which he wears, he explains, like Abraham Lincoln, to keep the ladies away. However, after he rescues Hiroko Kawasaki from a street gang, she advises him in a friendly fashion that the beard is getting in the way of his job-hunting.... so he shaves it, gets a job and suddenly, he is the object of desire of Miss Kawasaki -- whom he likes -- but also a predatory rich girl and a gangster's moll.

It's a thoroughly Lubitschian set-up, but while Ozu in this period is an international talent -- the inevitable movie poster on display is from the Laurel & Hardy version of THE DEVIL'S BROTHER -- the philosophical impulse is far more reminiscent of his previous year's effort, WALK CHEERFULLY.

The print I saw was not in good condition and the notes indicated that sections were missing. Certainly, some transitions were a bit abrupt, although that might be attributable to differences in elements of comic timing between nations. The result is that while this is a thoroughly enjoyable piece, it's by no means anything special.


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