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Hanawa Hekonai meitô no maki (1917)

A samurai buys a dull sword from a merchant. He is quickly defeated by his intended victims due to his cheap sword and clumsiness.

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Junichi Kôuchi
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A samurai buys a dull sword from a merchant. He is quickly defeated by his intended victims due to his cheap sword and clumsiness.

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30 June 1917 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Banboko uchimeito (shinto) no maki namakura katana See more »

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Kobayashi Shokai See more »
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Silent
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This film was thought to be lost until March 2008 when it was found in an antique shop in Osaka, Japan. See more »

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The Roots of Anime?
12 August 2013 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Japanese films from before 1920 are very rare. Japanese animation from that period? This is the second example I have seen. It's a bit of a Samurai cartoon and the two characters' faces are drawn in a fashion that suggests political cartoons. Of course, that's a western perspective and if there is anyone who can speak of Japanese cartooning in this period, they aren't saying much on the Internet.

The other question is how does this half-minute scrap from perhaps a two-minute cartoon link into the history of Japanese animation? That's another conundrum. You can't build up a picture from two dots -- or rather, you can build up so many pictures that two dots don't tell you anything.

So all we are left with is this quarter-animated bit of cartoon. The questions it raises are interesting enough to make it very watchable.


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