Prolific Japanese filmmaker Umetsugu Inoue (1923-2010) made movies in a variety of genres, but his musicals set him apart. ... As a contract director at Nikkatsu in the '50s, he was expected to be proficient in several genres and to mix them up when necessary. Unlike traditional Hollywood musicals, in which song-and-dance numbers occur as fantasy sequences triggered by overflowing emotions, the music in Inoue's films almost always arises logically from the action. --Tom Vick, Freer|Sackler Curator of Film
JASH is pleased to support The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston as they bring Inoue's musicals to Houston in the three part series Umetsugu Inoue - Japan's Music Man.
Part One is a screening of The Stormy Man stars Yujiro Ishihara as a young ruffian aspiring to be a drummer in Tokyo's Ginza jazz world. One of Japan's biggest hits of the last 1950s, young audiences cheered to Ishihara's lyrics "Ore wa doram, yakuza na dorama" ("I'm a drummer, a no-good drummer!").
- Director - Umetsugu Inoue
- Released - 1957
- Language - Japanese with English subtitles
- Running Time - 101 minutes
UMETSUGU INOUE - JAPAN'S MUSIC MAN FILM SERIES
PART TWO: The Winner | Friday, June 29, 2018 | 7PM