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Taki no shiraito (Cascading White Threads) (The Water Magician) (1933)

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Early Japanese filmmaker Kenji Mizoguchi directs the black-and-white silent drama Taki No shiraito, based on the tragic novel written by Kyoka Izumi during the 19th century. (The title has been translated into both The Water Magician and White Threads of the Waterfall.) Takako Irie plays Takino Hiraito, a strong-willed water magician in a circus. Popular entertainers of the time, water magicians used paddles to sculpt streams of water into different shapes. She travels around the Hokuriku district with her act until she meets a timid boy named Kinya Murakoshi (Tokihiko Okada). His boyish sensitivity is very attractive to the independent Takino. They must part ways, but she sends him money so he can go to law school. Like many of Mizoguchi's heroines, Takino sacrifices her own happiness in order to provide for the man she loves. The benshi (narrator) is Shunsui Matsuda. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi
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Art House & International , Classics , Drama
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Interesting early Mizoguchi melodrama served with benshi narration, which the film probably doesn't need. Many of Mizoguchi's films I've seen have a mythical, fairy tale kind of undertone, and this is even more apparent here with the benshi and the rather contrived story. This has none of the fluid lengthy camerawork that grace films such as Sansho the Bailiff and Life of Oharu, instead it shows more influence from Murnau and even Soviet montage. Otherwise the story features the typical self-sacrificing woman and the damage wrought on her by fate. I didn't really about the ending as it felt too unrealistic.

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