Kamei Fumio Retrospective [Pre-War Works]

Hiking Song

(“Haikingu no uta”)
- 1935 / B&W / 16mm / 23 min

Director: Matsuzaki Keiji
Dramatization: Kamei Fumio
Photography: Kawaguchi Seiichi
Sound: Yamaguchi Atsushi
Music: Ito Noboru
Photography, Sound: Photo Chemical Laboratory (P.C.L.)
Music: P.C.L. Orchestra
Cast: Riki Miyagawa , Sanjo Masako, Misawa Yukiko
Production Company: Ministry of Railroads
Source: Nippon Eiga Shinsha

University student Miyagawa and his younger sister Sumiko head deep into the mountains to look for Masako, a girl student who has gone camping and her friend. At a valley stream they are shown the way to the campground by children who are fishing. They go to the campground but no one is there. After Sumiko falls asleep in the tent Masako and her friend come back and knocks it over but Sumiko continues to sleep. Everyone laughs. They gather water and fire wood and begin a cook-out. Following Miyagawa’s lead, they sing a “hiking song” and enjoy walking through the beautiful lakes and forest. This film is thought to be a Ministry of Railroads PR piece introducing the Five Lakes area and Fuji scenery, but it is also enjoyable as a musical.

• Kamei Fumio Retrospective [Pre-War Works] Hiking Song | Shape without Shape | An Introduction to Radio: The Audience | School Broadcasting | The Geology of Fuji | Airspace [Pre-War Documentary Films] Shanghai | Peking | Fighting Soldiers | Kobayashi Issa [Post-War Documentary Films] A Japanese Tragedy | Children of the Base | The People of Sunagawa | Wheat Will Never Fall | Still It’s Good to Live | Record of Blood: Sunagawa | The World Is Terrified: The Reality of the “Ash of Death” | Living in a Rough Sea | Fluttering Pigeons | Voice of Hiroshima | Men Are All Brothers | Towards a World without Arms | All Must Live: People, Insects and Birds | All Living Things Are Friends—Lullabies of Birds, Insects and Fish [Feature Films] War and Peace | A Woman’s Life | Become a Mother, Become a Woman | Woman Walking Alone on the Earth [PR and Educational Films] Poem of Life | Invitation to Japanese Architecture | Penmanship | Quiet Construction Methods | Living with Ideas: A Profile of Sharp | Let’s Weave a Rainbow | Hong Kong, Taipei | Norihei Travel Manners | The Southern Cross Is Calling | Wishing for Tomorrow’s Happiness [Other Works] Underwear Makes the Woman | The Models and the Photographer | Kamei on Kamei: A Record of Yesterday’s Film Production Discussion Group | Human Conceit: The World of Director Kamei Fumio