HUMANITY AND PAPER BALLOONS (Sadao Yamanaka, 1937)

Sadao Yamanaka’s slight, rainsoaked tragicomedy set in an eighteenth-century slum in Edo (Tokyo), Ninjo kami fusen so questioned myths of Japanese heroism and tradition that the government punished Yamanaka by sending him into war in China, where he became ill and died in his twenties.      In a cramped lane of connected tenement shacks, poverty, misery […]