This looks extremely unrestored, even as these movies go. It’s got these weird artefact-looking shadows that almost look VHS-like, but surely that can’t be the case here.
Kinoshita’s previous movie was really enjoyable, even if it devolved into a very patriotic movie towards the end. This looks shoddily made (even if it has more horses than I thought existed in Japan in total), and is a straight-up propaganda movie? So I can understand why nobody would want to pay for a restoration, but… is it worth watching at all?
It’s pretty tough sledding so far, but perhaps it’ll pick up…
Well, the cinematography is pretty good…
I ditched this half way through, because it’s … not good.
The Living Magoroku. Keisuke Kinoshita. 1943.
This blog post is part of the Eclipse series.