Carmen Comes Home
Keisuke Kinoshita / JP, 1951 / 86 min.
This satirical comedy was the first Japanese colour film (made in Fujicolor). Hideko Takamine plays a stripper from Tokyo who returns to her hometown, where she turns everything upside down. Shot almost entirely under the clear mountain skies of Nagano.
Carmen Comes Home, the first Japanese feature film made in full colour, was made to celebrate 30 years of renowned Japanese production company Shochiku. Of all the directors who worked for this studio, Kinoshita was probably the most integrated, making films for Shochiku for no less than 45 years.
Karumen kokyo ni kaeru
Yasujiro Ozu, Masaki Kobayashi, Takeshi Kitano: the masters of Japanese cinema. But did you know that their work was made possible by Shochiku? In 2022 Eye is marking over one hundred years of one of Japan’s oldest, and largest, film companies.
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