There must have been some temptation for filmmakers to cast Setsuko Hara as a gangster moll. The idea sounds intriguing on paper, maybe. However, it was not that simple and easy, of course.
The newly discovered print of “Tokkan Kozo (1929)”, the early Yasujiro Ozu’s silent work, will be shown in Kyoto International Film Festival in coming October.
Though the sound recording and reproduction technologies had improved in the Allied countries by 1940, Japanese movie industry miserably lagged behind on all counts. Sadly, the engineers and technicians had to live with it, knowing their technologies were utterly out of date. Propaganda filmmaking demanded not-so-ideal conditions not only in terms of subject matters, but also in terms of actual filming itself. One of the most demanding projects was aviation filmmaking.