Of all the directors who made names for themselves during the Japanese studio golden age of the 1930s, Hiroshi Shimizu was one of the most respected--and, today, one of the least well-known. A curious, compassionate storyteller who was fascinated by characters on the outskirts of society, Shimizu used his trademark graceful traveling shot to peek around the corners of contemporary Japan. In these four lyrical, beautifully filmed tales, concerning geisha, bus drivers, and masseurs, Shimizu journeys far and wide to find the makings of a modern nation.
Includes films: Japanese Girls at the Harbor (1933), Mr. Thank You (1936), The Masseurs and a Woman (1938), Ornamental Hairpin (1941)
Every national cinema has its buried treasures and forgotten masters...the most recent revelation is the work of Hiroshi Shimizu. --James Quandt, Cintematheque Ontario
A great filmmaker...our tragedy is that his best work has been kept from us for so long. Don't miss it now. --John Gillett, British Film Institute