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Japanese Girls at the Harbor

Saturday, May 4, 2024 at 6:00 pm

Location: Redstone Theater


With live piano accompaniment by Makia Matsumura 

Dir. Hiroshi Shimizu. 1933, 78 mins. 35mm print courtesy of the National Film Archive of Japan. In Japanese with English subtitles. With Michiko Oikawa, Yukiko Inoue, Ureo Egawa, Ranko Sawa. Shot and set between the industrial port cities of Yokohama and Kobe, Shimizu’s most celebrated silent film tells of the jealousy that ensnares devoted Catholic school mates Sunako (Oikawa) and Dora (Inoue) as they both fall for the motorcycle-sporting playboy Henry (Egawa), whose own weakness leads Sunako down a forsaken path. Simultaneously expressing the angular modernism of Shimizu’s early thirties films and the poetic realism that would take hold in the later thirties, the film toggles between lyrical exterior sequences that quiver with documentary life and spare, confrontational interior set-pieces carved in precisely mounted frames and movements.

Tickets: $15 / $11 senior and students / $9 youth (ages 3–17) / discounted for MoMI members ($7–$11). There is a $1.50 transaction fee per ticket for all online purchases. The cost of admission may be applied toward a same-day purchase of a membership. 

Order tickets. Please pick up tickets at the Museum’s admissions desk upon arrival. All seating is general admission.