Two More Fragments

Denjiro Okochi as Tange Sazen The previous post discussed the art of Jidaigeki in 1920s. Here are two more rare film clips of Denjiro Okochi. Zoku Ooka Seidan, Mazo, Kaiketsu-Hen (続大岡政談 魔像 解決篇, 1931) Directed by Daisuke Ito, cinematography by Hiromitsu Karasawa, this film is another variation of popular “Shin-Ban Ooka …

Going Berserk

1920’s was the era of Jidaigeki in Japanese cinema. In spite of its popularity (or rather, because of it), only handful of the masterpieces of the era survived. Matsunosuke Onoe was the first Japanese cinema star and the most popular among kids during 1910’s and 20’s, but it was the …

Bluebird Photoplays

A Society Sensation (1918) Early Japanese cinema were, of course, under the influence of D. W. Griffith, Charles Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks, and other early Hollywood cinema. Serial photoplays from Unites States and France, in addition to fast-paced westerns and Max Linder comedies were also textbook materials. Intolerance sent shockwave through …