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Globus Film Series - Dawn of Japanese Animation Part 2: Horror & Comedy

Thursday, February 14, 2008

All images © Matsuda Film Production and Digital Meme.

Six animations; 1 live-action film. Program approx. 80 min.

With live benshi narration!
*These silent films are presented with music recently added to the films.


Beware the one-eyed cyclops and the long-necked goblin hunting down samurai in Hatanosuke and the Haunted House and Taro's Monster Hunt. A drunk fish monger fights a giant octopus in Sanko and the Octopus: A Fight Over a Fortune. More animations are followed by the live action film Kid Commotion, directed by the great king of slapstick Torajiro Saito.

  • Our Baseball Match†* (1931)
    9 min 32 sec, black & beige. By Yasuji Murata.
  • Sanko and the Octopus: A Fight Over a Fortune†* (1933)
    15 min 49 sec. By Yasuji Murata.
  • Dekobo the Big Head's Road Trip (Year n/a)
    1 min 8 sec. Creator unknown.
  • Danemon's Monster Hunt at Shojoji (1935)
    8 min 43 sec. By Yoshitaro Kataoka.
  • Hatanosuke and the Haunted House†* (Year n/a)
    1 min 17 sec. Creator unknown.
  • Taro's Monster Hunt (1936)
    5 min 12 sec. By Hiromasa Suzuki.

Live action comedy add-on!
Kid Commotion
†* (1935), 34 min. Directed by Torajiro Saito.
The Fukudas have a mountain of debt, 6 children, with their seventh ready to burst into the world at any moment. When Mrs. Fukuda goes into labor, it is up to her frantic husband to raise enough money to hire a midwife—for this, he will do whatever it takes.

Tickets: $10/$7 Japan Society members & seniors/$4.50 students. The Special Student Discount is made possible by The Globus Family. Purchase tickets online above or call the Box Office at (212) 715-1258.

This event is part of Globus Film Series - Dawn of Japanese Animation.

All film dialogue and narration is in Japanese with English subtitles except for Orochi. All films are 16mm or digital video in black & white, unless otherwise noted. Some scenes in these films may be of low image and sound quality due to the age of the prints. Programs are subject to change.

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