id: Unidentified Film No. 140
director: Unknown
year: 1925?
country: USA?
alternative titles: Bilder aus Japan
Extract starts and ends with a painted image of Fuji. A European man pulls up in a rickshaw [frame scan 1]. Little girls in kimonos dance in front of the Fuji hotel [frame scan 2]. - The European converses with a Japanese man in a dignified setting [frame scan 3]. Close up of the European [frame scan 4]. The European flips a coin (with the inscription "République Française 1889"). The Japanese man takes his leave. - Interior, Japanese house. The European sits down to eat with a group of Japanese people on the ground [frame scan 5]. The master of the house in close up [frame scan 6]. The lady of the house in the garden. Men drinking sake. Handmaiden brings a welcome gift from the European – an embroidered shawl – to the lady of the house. Men eating. The European acts awkwardly. The group indulge themselves in the garden. The master of the house introduces the European to his wife. Flashback: The lady of the house appears superimposed on a Japanese fan. "E 14" distinguishable bottom right [frame scan 7]. Lady of the house in close up [frame scan 8]. The European flirts with a Japanese woman. A jealous Japanese man glares angrily [frame scan 9]. The text "- as evening comes" briefly appears over the last image [frame scan 10].
Jeanpaul Goergen, Deutsche Kinemathek, 06.10.2009
Length: 237m
Format: 35mm, 1.33:1
Picture/Sound: b/w, silent
Notes: 'Goerz Tenax' edgecode; No title or intertitles.
Information from Hiroshi Komatsu, Waseda University Tokyo: "Interesting pictures! It is from a film from the Japanese series made by Thomas Ince. The master of the house (frame scan 6) is Thomas Kurihara(Kurihara Kisaburo)."
mariann lewinsky, 14.08.2010
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