The Daughter of the Samurai

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The Daughter of the Samurai
Thedaughterofthesamurai-japaneseposter1937.jpg
Japanese theatrical release poster
Directed by
Produced by
  • Arnold Fanck
  • Nagamasa Kitakawa
  • Yoshio Osawa
Written by Arnold Fanck
Starring
Music by Kosaku Yamada
Cinematography
  • Richard Angst
  • Walter Riml
Edited by Arnold Fanck
Production
  company
  • JO Studios
  • Nikkatsu
  • Dr. Arnold Fanck-Film
Distributed by T&K Telefilm
Release date(s)
  • 4 February 1937 (1937-02-04) (Japan)
  • 23 March 1937 (1937-03-23) (Germany)
Running time 120 minutes
Country Japan, Germany
Language Japanese, German

The Daughter of the Samurai (German: Die Tochter des Samurai, Japanese: Atarashiki Tsuchi, 新しき土 (The New Earth?)) is a 1937 German-Japanese drama film directed by Arnold Fanck and Mansaku Itami and starring Setsuko Hara, Ruth Eweler and Sessue Hayakawa. Its Japanese title was Atarashiki tsuchi, meaning "New Earth." It was the first of two co-productions between Japan and Nazi Germany. Franck, who was famous for making mountaineering films, was possibly chosen as director because of his connections to the Nazi Party.[1] Fanck and Itami clashed a great deal during the film's production, and in effect created two separate versions for release in their respective countries.[2]

Plot[edit]

Yamato Teruo (Isamu Kosugi) returns to Japan after spending six years at an agricultural college in Germany. Teruo is the adopted son of an old samurai family, and is expected to marry the eldest daughter, Mitsuko (Setsuko Hara). However, Teruo has become infected with the idea of Western individualism during his stay in Europe, and refuses to bow to the demands of society. Instead, he confounds his future father-in-law Yamato Iwao (Sessue Hayakawa) by announcing that he intends to marry a German journalist, Gerda Storm (Ruth Eweler), whom he met on the ship back to Japan. Gerda, however, is a blond, chaste, Aryan woman, and will not agree to a mixed-race relationship. She attempts to convince him of his duty to the Japanese race and traditions and to reconcile him with his family.

Meanwhile, Mitsuko, feeling dishonored by Teruo's rejection, attempts to commit suicide by throwing herself into a volcano. She is rescued at the last second by Teruo, and the couple is romantically reunited. Sometime later, the young couple and their baby are now living in Manchukuo, the "New Earth", working on a farm under the benevolent gaze of a vigilant soldier guarding against the ever-present threat of Bolshevism.

Cast[edit]

Setsuko Hara and Ruth Eweler in Atarashiki Tsuchi

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ Hull p.121
  2. ^ Mayo, Rimer & Kerkham p.226
Bibliography
  • Hull, David Stewart. Film in the Third Reich: a Study of the German Cinema, 1933-1945. University of California Press, 1969.
  • Mayo, Marlene J. & Rimer J. Thomas & Kerkham, H. Eleanor. War, Occupation, and Creativity: Japan and East Asia, 1920-1960. University of Hawaii Press, 2001.

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