3 videodiscs (320 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
Title from container.
'Street without end' based on a novel by Komatsu Kitamura.
Videodisc release of motion pictures originally released in 1931, 1932, 1933, and 1934.
Cinematography, Mitsuo Miura, Suketaro Inokai, and Komatsu Kitamura ; music, Robin Holcomb, Wayne Horvitz.
Isamu Yamaguchi, Shinyo Nara, Mitsuko Yoshikawa, Sumiko Kurishima, Setsuko Shinobu.
Flunky, work hard. Mikio Naruse's earliest available film, Flunky, work hard is the rare work by the director not to center around female characters. It is a charming, breezy short concerning an impoverished insurance salesman and his scrappy son.
No blood relation. A gripping early example of Mikio Naruse's cinematic boldness, featuring a screenplay by Ozu's famed collaborator Kogo Noda, an actress returns to Tokyo after a successful stint in Hollywood to reclaim the daughter she abandoned years before.
Apart from you. In this gently devastating drama, a critical breakthrough for Naruse, he contrasts the life of an aging geisha, whose angry teenage son is ashamed of her profession, with that of her youthful counterpart, a lovely young girl resentful of her family for forcing her into a life of ignominy.
Every-night dreams. In the formally ravishing Every-night dreams, set in the dockside neighborhoods of Tokyo, a single mother works tirelessly as a Ginza bar hostess to ensure a better life for her young son - until her long-lost husband returns.
Street without end. Mikio Naruse's final silent film is a gloriously rich portrait of a waitress, Sugiko, whose life, despite a host of male admirers and even some intrigued movie talent scouts, ends up taking a suffocatingly domestic turn after a wealthy businessman accidentally hits her with his car.
DVD ; NTSC, region 1 ; Dolby Digital stereo.
Silent with Japanese intertitles and English subtitles.