Why haven’t those devices (for holding chilled water bags on foreheads) taken off all over the world?
Anyway, I’m having a hard time getting into this movie. There’s scens that are really fun (especially involving those sailors), but the main plot (about an out-of-work father and a geisha mother) just isn’t all that interesting. The cinematography is often quite accomplished, but there’s also a lot of scenes that are really indifferently filmed.
In short, it just seems like a film that’s been dashed off quickly (and Naruse did six films per year at this point).
I’m being a bit too critical here — this film has many good qualities, really. But this is what I feel like right now:
Every-Night Dreams. Mikio Naruse. 1933.
This blog post is part of the Eclipse series.