A Ball At the Anjo House (Anjo-ke no butokai)
One of the first examinations in film of the shifting conditions of post-war Japanese society. In the aftermath of Japan's World War II defeat, during the American Occupation drive to democratize the country, an aristocratic family is stripped of its fortune and status. Forced to close down the family mansion, they hold one last party. The occasion serves as an opportunity for reflection by family members, servants and guests on the past, present and future of the country.
Director Yoshimura wrote the original treatment after attending just such a party. He enlisted Kaneto Shindo to write the screenplay, thus beginning one of the most successful film partnerships in the post-war industry.