Five Men in a Circus

Directed by Mikio Naruse
1935    65m
The main focus is on the 5 member band of a small circus as it runs into problems while touring rural Japan. It also pays lots of attention to the two daughters of the aging and irascible ringmaster-circus owner. The high points are the sound (and score) and cinematography featuring a lot of vertiginous panning (appropriate - as high wire trapeze artists are also an important element in the film). A fascinating side-light on 30s Japan.
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Cast of Five Men in a Circus
  • Heihachirō ŌkawaKokichi
  • Hiroshi UrukiTorakichi
  • Kamatari FujiwaraTadakichi
  • Riki MiyagawaRokuta
  • Ko MihashiSeiroku
  • Sadao MaruyamaChief Travelling Circus
  • Koji KagaKunio, the acrobat
  • Kajiya MorinoMatsumoto the Manager
  • Masako TsutsumiChiyoko
  • Ryuko UmezonoSumiko
  • Masako SanjoEquilibrist in giant ball
  • Nijiko KiyokawaOkiyo

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