Record of a Tenement Gentleman

(Nagaya shinshi roku)


Chishu Ryu, Choko Iida, Takeshi Sakamoto, Takeshi Sakamoto, Reikichi Kawamura,

Perennial Yasujiro Ozu favorites Chishu Ryu and Choko Iida (the latter also appears in Japanese Grandmas) anchor this slyly humorous look at a community trying to rebuild itself in the ruins of postwar Tokyo, and what happens when they must look after an abandoned child. “I don’t want him” is the response from a chorus of suspicious, stone-faced adults when confronted with the wide-eyed youth, but soon he’s joining in their everyday struggles and songs. It’s a simple tale, but in Ozu’s hands, it’s mesmerizing, as is the film’s portrayal of Shitamachi, Tokyo, circa 1947, a city that has been reduced to rubble but is about to begin again.

—Jason Sanders

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  • Yasujiro Ozu
  • Tadao Ikeda
  • Yuharu Atsuta
  • Japanese
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • B&W
  • 35mm
  • 72 mins
  • Janus Films