Minato no nihon musume (Japanese Girls at the Harbor) (1933)
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Having now seen all the films in the Hiroshi Shimizu set, I wouldn't classify any as an outright masterpiece, but they're all very good and I'd probably buy the box if I had more shelf space. This one is least like the others, not only because it's silent but also it doesn't have that same gentle humor. Instead, it's more like a Mizoguchi film, about a young woman whose jealousy drives her towards geishadom. It's not particularly compelling subject matter, but the characters are quite well-drawn and the film has a lovely lyrical quality. The use of fades and axial cuts is intriguing. A few of the scene changes feel a bit abrupt, though, as if there should be a little more connecting tissue.
A very good film that would been great if it was less melodramatic. Shimizu's grasp of the visuals are very impressive, especially his use of depth and those beautiful ghostly dissolves. I also liked the pillow shot montages that recall L'Eclisse and reoccurring setups similar to that of Hou. One thing that strikes me as peculiar is how the characters are dressed in western clothing.
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