KYOTO--A nearly complete short version of a prewar movie shot by acclaimed director Yasujiro Ozu (1903-1963) has been discovered, a rare treasure from the Japanese silent film era.
The film, a comedy titled “Tokkan Kozo” (A Straightforward Boy), is a short version of the 38-minute original that was released in 1929. The whereabouts of the theatrical version remains unknown.
Another 14-minute film of the shorter version was discovered by film critic Sadao Yamane in 1988, but the opening scene and other clips were missing.
The recent find is in good condition, Yamane said.
“Most of the movies shot before World War II have been lost, but one was just rediscovered today,” he said.
The nearly complete version of “Tokkan Kozo” was among a number of films donated to the Toy Film Museum in Kyoto’s Nakagyo Ward by the family of a deceased cinema fan from Kyushu.Read More: http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201609070060.html