Ornamental Hairpin



IMDb Rating 7.2 10 465


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Japanese 2.0
23.976 fps
70 min
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Japanese 2.0
23.976 fps
70 min
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Reviewed by crossbow0106 9 / 10 / 10

How I Spent My Summer Vacation

This film takes place at an inn in Japan in summer where people are going for rest and relaxation. Basically, the film is about Mr. Nanmura, who is played by the great actor Chishu Ryu, looking much younger than he usually does in Ozu films. While in the hot springs, he is injured in the foot after stepping on an ornamental hairpin. The owner of the hairpin is Emi, who comes back to the inn to apologize. The men there wonder if she is beautiful. She arrives. She is played by Kinuyo Tanaka, the great actress who is best known for her roles in Kenji Mizoguchi films and was indeed beautiful. She stays at the inn and a relationship blossoms between Emi and Mr. Nanmura. Will it last? I have never seen a movie from this director, as outside of Japan he is not as well known as Kurosawa, Naruse and the aforementioned Ozu and Mizoguchi. However, he does a great job here moving the story along. You want to know what happens. The pairing of Chishu Ryu and Kinuyo Tanaka is a dream one, they are excellent in this film. The film is subtle but compelling. This film is being sold as part of a four DVD box of the director's film, and this was the first one I watched. Based on this film alone it was money well spent.

Reviewed by net_orders 8 / 10 / 10


Viewed on DVD. Poor restoration. Warm, engaging, funny, and often hilarious! Yet another ("restored") film by director Hiroshi Shimizu that leaves the viewer wishing that things could have gone on a bit longer. The measure of not only a great director, but also a master showman! The extremes to which a group (including the "victim" of the hat pin "attack"--he stepped on it in a shallow pool) at a summer spa (all guests seem to be there because of discounted rates) will go to in order to see what the owner of the pin looks like are something to behold. And what the victim does to court the hair pin owner (even resorting to crutches to generate symphony) is fall-down funny. A typical Shimizu slice of life movie with many possible outcomes all left, as usual, to the viewer's imagination/contemplation. Cinematography is OK except for out-of-focus and over-exposed outdoor scenes that start the film off (given the jerky camera movements, it looks like tracking was not used, and the scenes were simply shot from a car trunk or the back of a truck). End-to-end dubbing is primitive with effects sounds especially artificial. Why the juvenile actors are dubbed as always SHOUTING their lines remains a distracting/grating mystery. Continuity suffers when characters say something has taken place, but subsequent scenes show otherwise. Score is written and performed at the level of, say, a grade school band--it's simply terrible and an embarrassing distraction. Acting is fine as are the subtitles. Restoration remains a work in progress as far as cleaning up over exposures, visible deterioration, and especially the audio. Sound artifacts are ever present. A fine film that rises above the primitive techniques employed in its manufacture and the marginal restoration presented on this disc. WILLIAM FLANIGAN, PhD.

Reviewed by CCytrewq 8 / 10 / 10

"All poetic illusion is like a dream, and is always beautiful. But all reality is always ugly."

Hiroshi Shimizu's films have some sort of languishing energy that can be described as elegiac, mournful, or melancholic. This, as whimsical as it is, too cannot escape from such sorrow. The story sets in a small inn where almost everyone wants to know everybody's private business. When Chishu Ryu hurt his foot accidentally (or rather poetically) by a stranger's ornamental hairpin, the rest of the inn dwellers expect a love story to happen immediately. Nonetheless, life is often not that predictable. Eventually, every meeting ends with a bittersweet farewell. The problem is we never know when. To leave or to meet again lies on the palms of our hands, they say, but when a person is tied to their own fate, this kind of decision are deceptively simple because they can be hard to make. I suppose this is what most of us would call real life.

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