Ginza 24 chou (1955) AKA Tales of Ginza


Wakako, who runs a traditional restaurant in Tokyo, once had her portrait painted by an itinerant artist named “Goro” when she was a young girl living in China. Having treasured the painting for so many years, she decides to bring it to a Ginza art gallery in hopes of finding the long lost artist, but with his signature as her only lead the search initially goes nowhere. That is until she meets an unusual florist named Coney who helps her to uncover Goro’s true identity.

Director: Yûzô Kawashima. AKA 銀座二十四帖 / Tales of Ginza
Writers: Tomoichirô Inoue (novel), Ruiju Yanagisawa (screenplay) (as Kazuhide Yanagizawa).
Stars: Tatsuya Mihashi, Yumeji Tsukioka, Mie Kitahara, Seizaburô Kawazu, Osamu Yukawa, Masumi Okada, Tôru Abe, Shirô Ôsaka.


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One Comment

  1. Eric L
    May 1, 2022

    Thank you for sharing this. Of the great Japanese directors from that time (especially his work at Nikkatsu). Kawashima gets little to no mention in the west or respect. Yet he was very popular in Japan. I suspect it’s because he presents a more realistic Japan and not the stylized version that the west wants to think of as being Japan and that Japan likes to present to the world.

    Again, thank you and I hope you can post more of his films.

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