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Final Take: The Golden Age of Movies (1986)

Kinema no tenchi (original title)
This is Japanese melo-dramatist director Yoji Yamada's ode to 1930s film production during the transition from silent film to talkies. With many loose associations we can see the rise of a ... See full summary »

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Yôji Yamada
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Cast

Credited cast:
Kiyoshi Atsumi Kiyoshi Atsumi ... Kihachi
Kiichi Nakai ... Kenjiro Shimada
Narimi Arimori ... Koharu Tanaka
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chieko Baishô Chieko Baishô ... Yuki
Harumi Edo Harumi Edo
Akira Emoto Akira Emoto ... Director Saeki
Kanbi Fujiyama Kanbi Fujiyama ... Guest in Asakusa
Hajime Hana Hajime Hana ... Yasugoro
Mitsuru Hirata Mitsuru Hirata ... Odagiri
Nana Kinomi Nana Kinomi ... Singer
Ittoku Kishibe Ittoku Kishibe ... Director Ogata
Leonard Kuma Leonard Kuma ... Ryohei Isono
Gin Maeda Gin Maeda ... Kokichi
Kôshirô Matsumoto Kôshirô Matsumoto ... Kida Studio Boss
Keiko Matsuzaka Keiko Matsuzaka ... Sumie Kawashima
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This is Japanese melo-dramatist director Yoji Yamada's ode to 1930s film production during the transition from silent film to talkies. With many loose associations we can see the rise of a young star Koharu Tanaka for the big New Year release entitled Floating Weeds.

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

2 August 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Az utolsó jelenet See more »

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Shochiku See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

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Official submission of Japan for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 59th Academy Awards in 1987. See more »

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A Good Film About Films
23 October 2009 | by crossbow0106See all my reviews

This is a film about the film industry in Japan in the early 30's. Specifically, it is about Koharu (the pretty, fresh faced Narimi Arimori), a candy seller at a movie theater who is discovered by director Ogura, to be an actress in a film. She doesn't do well at all. and the film is basically about what happens to her. The film is sometimes uneven, but it has heart. By far the best part of this film is Ms. Arimori, she is very believable as the novice actress. I am not sure how much of a history lesson this is, but it has comic moments, as well as drama. The film Koharu ends up working on is "Floating Weeds", coincidently (I don't believe its a coincidence) the name of a film by the great Ozu. This film is entertaining but not great. Its worth a look, especially if you have an interest in how films, even so long ago, were made.


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