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Tôkyô no eiyû (1935)

The story focuses on the widower Nemoto, ostensibly a businessman, who has one son, Kanichi, the hero of the title. Nemoto remarries; his new wife is a widow with a son and daughter of her ... See full summary »

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Hiroshi Shimizu
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Cast overview:
Mitsugu Fujii Mitsugu Fujii ... Kanichi Nemoto
Mitsuko Yoshikawa ... Haruko Nemoto
Yûkichi Iwata Yûkichi Iwata ... Kaichi Nemoto
Michiko Kuwano Michiko Kuwano ... Kayoko Nemoto
Kôji Mitsui ... Hideo Nemoto
Tomio Aoki Tomio Aoki ... Kanichi as a boy
Mitsuko Ichimura Mitsuko Ichimura ... Kayoko as a girl
Jun Yokoyama Jun Yokoyama ... Hideo as a boy
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The story focuses on the widower Nemoto, ostensibly a businessman, who has one son, Kanichi, the hero of the title. Nemoto remarries; his new wife is a widow with a son and daughter of her own. However, Nemoto's business turns out to be out a shady scam, and he disappears, leaving his wife to raise the three children alone. In order to support the family, she is obliged to become a bar hostess. She conceals this shameful employment from the children, but the truth comes out years later, after her daughter is rejected by her husband's family when they investigate her background.

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

7 March 1935 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

A Hero of Tokyo See more »

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Routine melodrama
19 June 2017 | by pscamp01See all my reviews

Unlike the later, lighter dramas Hiroshi Shimizu is mostly known for now in the United States, Hero of Tokyo is a rather dark melodrama. This silent film is about a widow with two children who marries a widower with a son. The husband mysteriously disappears shortly afterwards, leaving her to raise the three children as best she can. There is a lot of incident in this short movie and that is one of its biggest flaws. The plot covers fifteen years and so much happens that there is little time to linger over anything. The break neck pace combines with a series of incredible coincidences to strain the viewer's credulity. And the wafer thin characterizations and general improbability rob the movie of any emotional payoff. Some nice shots and the actors' attempts to overcome the weak script do add some interest to the movie, but not enough.


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