JAPANESE GIRLS AT THE HARBOR (Hiroshi Shimizu, 1933)

Filmmaker Hiroshi Shimizu and cinematographer Taro Sasaki collaborate on a film’s worth of stark, lovely, extraordinary images in the Japanese silent Minato no nihon musume, but for all that are unable to transcend a sickly, melodramatic screenplay in which neither had a hand. (Mitsu Suyama wrote the script from a story by Itsuma Kitabayashi.) It […]