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

  • Mikio Naruse
  • 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

$35.96

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

From The Current

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

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