Sands Films Cinema Club – Record of tenement gentleman

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15th August 2017 @ 20:30 Europe/London Timezone
Sands Films Studios
82 St Marychurch St
London SE16 4HZ
Sands Films Cinema
020 7231 2209

Sands Films Cinema Club:  Record of tenement gentleman

 Record of tenement gentleman/ 1947 / Film / 72  minutes / Japan / O.V. Japanese / Directed by Yasujiro Ozu

Yasujiro Ozu’s first postwar film, Nagaya shinshiroku, is as delightful as his comedy I Was Born, but . . . and twice as profound. Its makeshift family reflects Japan’s shaken institutions, and its setting—the lower-class section of downtown Tokyo—reflects Japan’s postwar economic hardship.

What irony that the character who sets the plot into motion, Tashiro, is a fortune teller. Japan’s future is clouded and indeterminate. Kohei, the small son of an itinerant carpenter, attaches himself to Tashiro, who brings him home to his tenement to the dismay of his actor-roommate. They decide that Tané, their widowed neighbor, should take the boy in for the night. Tané wants no part of Kohei, but he is left there and, so, she complies. Attempts to find the motherless boy’s father fail, and Kohei tries Tané’s patience with his recurrent bed-wetting. But the two slowly bond, and Kohei becomes for a while a cherished part of Tané’s life.

For a while; Ozu is cinema’s great poet of transience, impermanence. A key shot consists of discarded newspaper pages blown by wind across the ground. The image, poignant, refers to Japan’s postwar army of abandoned children. Can anything restore the nation’s fortunes? Perhaps; but Kohei’s young father shows up one day to claim his son, expressing charming gratitude.

Kohei and Tané: each wears a pudgy, sour face. Chouko Iida beautifully plays Tané. Thus Ozu’s great pre-war tragedienne, best known for maternal roles, now plays a reluctant surrogate mother or grandmother—and she is hilarious when expressing disapproval of the boy, deeply moving once her heart opens up to him, and devastating upon her loss of him.

The film ends by showing anonymous young boys in a park. Two share a cigarette: the obliteration of Japanese childhood.

-Dennis Grunes



films of 1947

Eclipsed Films of 1947

Sands Films Studios is dedicating a series of free screenings on the Tuesday Night Cine Club slots to show films which were produced on 1947

You can expect the usual quality and variety of titles as only Sands Films Studios can provide.


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Sand Films Cinema Club

Entry is free though BOOKING IS REQUIRED. No food allowed inside in the cinema

Seats are limited and each booking reduces the number of seats available to others. If you cannot attend, please cancel as soon as possible your booking by going to “MY TICKETS” on the email Eventbrite has sent you: this is the best way to release your seat to someone else and to enable us to refund your contribution.

If the film is SOLD OUT, there will be an automated waiting list, this will contact you if and when a seat becomes available.

Sands Films Cinema 82 Saint Marychurch Street SE16 4HZ London


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