Mikio Naruse

Flunky, Work Hard

Flunky, Work Hard

Mikio Naruse’s earliest available film, Flunky, Work Hard is the rare work by the director not to center around female characters. It is a charming, breezy short concerning an impoverished insurance salesman and his scrappy son, whose fisticuffs with the other boys of their village put his father’s livelihood in jeopardy.

Film Info

  • Japan
  • 1931
  • 28 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.33:1
  • Japanese

Available In

Collector's Set

Eclipse Series 26: Silent Naruse

Eclipse 26: Silent Naruse

DVD Box Set

3 Discs


Flunky, Work Hard
Isamu Yamaguchi
Tomoko Naniwa
Okabe’s wife
Seiichi Kato
Susumu, Okabe’s son
Shizue Akiyama
Toda’s wife
Hideo Sugawara
Toda’s child
Tokio Seki
Mikio Naruse
Written by
Mikio Naruse
Mitsuo Miura


Eclipse Series 26: Silent Naruse
Eclipse Series 26: Silent Naruse
Living Room The cinema of Mikio Naruse is one of heartbreak but also one of indomitable poise. Melodrama is the director’s stock-in-trade. His stories are inhabited by people, generally women, imprisoned in their domestic and professional circum…

By Michael Koresky