Kaoru Akiyoshi

  • Shôzô Makino – Chûkon giretsu – Jitsuroku Chûshingura AKA Chushingura: The Truth (1928)

    1921-1930DramaJapanShôzô MakinoSilent

    Lord Asano Takumi-no-Kami Naganori was charged with receiving a group of envoys from the Imperial Court in Kyoto. He was young and slightly inexperienced, so he was given the task of instructing Lord Asano in the customs of the ceremony.Read More »

  • Teppei Yamaguchi – Kurama Tengu (1928)

    1921-1930ActionJapanSilentTeppei Yamaguchi

    It is 1862 and many young rebellious samurai oppose the Tokugawa Shogunate, strongest among them is Kurama Tengu with his friends Kichibei and Sugisaku, but facing them is the powerful Isamo Kondo and the Shinsengumi.Read More »

  • Teppei Yamaguchi – Kurama Tengu [+Extras] (1928)

    Japan1921-1930SilentTeppei Yamaguchi


    In the past, screenings of silent films in Japan were extremely lively events that featured various sounds. Katsudo benshi, or motion picture narrators delivered passionate and eloquent narrations. Live music accompanied their performance. The period drama films in particular featured a new performance format that combined music played on Western and Japanese instruments, a collaboration impossible in a normal concert. The music of trumpets and violins blended with the sounds of shamisen and Japanese drums. In the climax scene, when our hero, the righteous samurai Kurama Tengu, rushed in on his horse to fight the Shinsengumi, the audience erupted in applause. Between sets, children selling rice crackers and other delicacies crisscrossed the theater shouting “Senbei, caramels” at the top of their lungs. In the Kurama Tengu series, the plot revolved around the adventures of the brave samurai Kurama Tengu and his loyal friend, the boy Sugisaku, so crowds of enthusiastic children loudly applauded the feats of their heroes.Read More »

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