Kamei Fumio Retrospective [Feature Films]

War and Peace

(“Senso to heiwa”)
- 1947 / B&W / 35mm / 100 min

Yamamoto Satsuo, Kamei Fumio
Script: Yasumi Toshio
Photography: Miyajima Yoshio
Editing: Imaizumi Yoshitama
Sound: Kuga Masatoshi
Music: Iida Nobuo
Art Director: KawatoYasuhide
Cast: Ikebe Ryo, Kishi Hatae, Ito Hajime, Okubo Tsubasa
Production Company, Source: Toho

In 1946, one of the major concessions won by the Toho employees union in its first and second disputes with Toho was that union representatives could attend the company’s planning meetings. Kamei, a leader during the disputes, suggested at the planning meeting that this film be produced to commemorate Constitution Day. The planning council also produced other films such as One Wonderful Sunday (“Subarashiki nichiyobi,” dir. Kurosawa Akira, 1947), To the End of the Silver Capped Mountains (“Ginrei no hate,” dir. Taniguchi Senkichi, 1947), Spring Awakens (“Haru no mezame,” dir. Naruse Mikio, 1947) and Actress (“Joyu,” dir. Kinugasa Teinosuke, 1947). In War and Peace, a wife remarries after receiving official notification that her husband has died, but her first husband comes back. The film uses the structure of both drama and actuality film (of which Fighting Soldiers is an example) to show the tragedy of this double marriage. Because Kamei did not have sufficient narrative filmmaking experience, Toho assigned him to co-direct it with Yamamoto Satsuo. As a result of A Japanese Tragedy and War and Peace, Kamei became a standard-bearer of the democratic film.

• 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