But to me, he is always Gohei in ASHI NI SAWATTA ONNA (The Woman Who Touched My Legs, 1952). This is one of the early Kon Ichikawa works, full of whimsical antics and nonsense farce. Acting is deliberately cartoonish, plot is completely contrived, but the whole thing is hilariously fast-paced and obliquely cynical. Fubuki Koshiji is a female pick-pocket and about to set up a con, So Yamamura (who is to play Koichi in TOKYO STORY next year) is a sucker, and Ryo Ikebe is the detective, who is chasing around Koshiji.
added on 2010/10/19
The music in the clip above was composed by Toshiro Mayuzumi, one of the most influential Japanese composer in postwar era. He composed many contemporary orchestral works, operas and other styles of music, usually incorporating tone of Japanese traditional instruments. Also he composed numerous cinema soundtracks and music. For most film buffs, he is probably known for Ozu’s OHAYO and THE END OF SUMMER, and Kon Ichikawa’s TOKYO OLYMPIAD.
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