Films that depict the occupation of Japan, made afterwards
patricknoo at gmail.com
Tue Sep 7 22:16:38 EDT 2010
Taniguchi Senkichi's, "Akasenkichi" (1953), starring Mikuni Rentaro,
is specifically about the occupation. It is set in a base-town
(unidentified in the film, I think) near Fuji-san; features "panpan,"
American soldiers, and drug-peddling yakuza as characters; and has
scenes, like children playing in a school yard to the sound of bombs
exploding, that one might read as critical of the occupation. It
caused quite a scandal at the time in both the Japanese and English
language media for being anti-American. Rumor had it that Yoshida
Shigeru even contacted Taniguchi and Toho about the scandal
surrounding the film.
It's not an easy film to see (the NFC has it), but Nakamura Hideyuki
has written a piece about it: "Fujisan to rēninbō: eiga
'Akasenkichi' to 'hanbei'" which is in "Imēji toshite no sengo,"
Sekiyusha, 2010. The Lenin hat in the title refers to the hat that
Mikuni wears in the film, which is never explicitly referred to in the
On Sep 8, 2010, at 8:40 AM, <dburall1 at rochester.rr.com> <dburall1 at rochester.rr.com
> I'm not sure this counts because--given the age of the protagonists--
> I think the setting is actually post-occupation, but Imai Tadashi's
> KIKU TO ISAMU, is about the occupation, if a bit indirectly (their
> mother was Japanese, their father an African-American GI).
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