[Tempi felici] T. int.: Happy Times. Sog., Scen.: Tadao Ikeda. F.: Yokichi Takahashi. M.: Norihiro Mizutani. Scgf.: Tatsuo Hamada. Mus.: Keizo Saito, Kyosuke Kami. Int.: Ureo Egawa (Yasuo Tsuda), Hiroko Kawasaki (Harue, sua moglie), Takeshi Sakamoto (zio Ryokichi), Tatsuo Saito (Saida), Kenji Oyama (Omura), Shigeru Ogura (Nakagawa), Tokuji Kobayashi (Okamoto), Mitsugu Fujii (Yamazaki), Tokkan-kozo (il fattorino). Prod.: Shochiku
35mm. D.: 83′. Bn.
Another light comedy in the mould of Gosho’s films above, this charming and imaginative film was directed by Hiromasa Nomura, one of the most commercially successful of house directors at Shochiku in the 1930s. Best known today for a single work, the popular melodrama Aizen katsura (Yearning Laurel, 1938), he had spent the early part of the decade specialising in comedies such as this rare work, which we believe has never before been screened in the West. Like Gosho’s comedies, it focuses on a newlywed couple whose marital harmony is disrupted, in this case by the arrival of a stern uncle who decides to take up residence in their house. Like them it has a distinctive bittersweet charm, through which Nomura illuminates the lifestyles of young people in an urban milieu during the early 1930s. The film was a box office hit, and “Kinema Junpo” praised its script, direction and tempo.