Japanese Girls at the Harbor Japanese Girls at the Harbor
  • Japan
  • 1933
  • 76 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • Japanese
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Hiroshi Shimizu’s exquisite silent drama, set in the modernizing port town of Yokohama, tells of the humiliating downfall experienced by Sunako (Michiko Oikawa) after jealousy drives her to commit a terrible crime. With its lushly photographed landscapes and innovative visual storytelling, Japanese Girls at the Harbor shows a director at the peak of his powers and experimentation.

The film is presented with a new score written and performed by noted silent-film composer Donald Sosin.

Cast

Sunako KurokawaOikawa Michiko
Dora KennelYukiko Inoue
Yoko SheridanRanko Sawa
HenryUreo Egawa
MiuraTatsuo Saito
MasumiYumako Aizome

Credits

DirectorHiroshi Shimizu
Adaped screenplayMitsuru Suyama
Based on the story “Minato no nihon musume” byToma Kitabayashi
CinematographyTaro Sasaki

Film Essays

Eclipse Series 15: Travels with Hiroshi Shimizu

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Press Notes

Press Notes: Getting to Know Shimizu

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Clippings

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Film Essays

Eclipse Series 15: Travels with Hiroshi Shimizu

By Michael KoreskyMarch 16, 2009

JAPANESE GIRLS AT THE HARBOR: MAN OF THE PEOPLE It’s a fitting irony that director Hiroshi . . . Read more »