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Passing Fancy - feat. live benshi performance

Presented by Harvard Film Archive at Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge MA

Jun 16 2023
Passing Fancy - feat. live benshi performance

Courtesy Shochiku Co., Ltd.

LIve music and Japanese benshi Kataoka Ichiro accompany this silent film by Ozu, the first about the misadventures of Kihachi.

Passing Fancy is the first of Ozu’s films about the misadventures of Kihachi, and his second film to win the Kinema Junpo first prize. Sakamoto Takeshi’s Kihachi is extremely careless and given to temper tantrums, though occasionally he beams with the goofy glow of Chaplin’s tramp. In Passing Fancy, Kihachi is a brewery worker who lives in a tenement with his son Tomio (Tokkan Kozou, in his best performance), a bright student bullied for his father’s reputation as a “big ... view more »


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