Young Village
1948 / B&W / 16mm / 16 min
Production Company: Nippon Eigasha
Planning: Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
Director: Yanagisawa Hisao

This film depicts a collective project to provide electricity to a farming village and to increase the mechanization of farmwork.

My Hometown

1952 / B&W / 16mm / 29 min
Production Company: Nichiei Kagaku Eiga Seisakusho
Director: Yanagisawa Hisao
Script: Nakagawa Norio 
Photography: Nakazawa Hanjiro 
Cast: Yamaoka Hisano, Wada Takashi, Watanabe Misako

Set in a charming river town, this fiction film portrays the efforts of a community nurse to popularize the National Health Insurance Program.

Hokuriku - A New Natural History

953 / B&W / 16mm / 26 min
Production Company: Iwanami Productions
Planning: Hokuriku Electric Power Company
Director: Yanagisawa Hisao, Takeuchi Shinji
Script: Iwasa Ujitoshi
Photography: Kato Kimihiko, Irisawa Kichigoro

The film captures Hokuriku, a region wedged between the peaks of the North Japan Alps and the blustery Sea of Japan. In particular, the piece highlights the industry and culture of the region as it braves the forces of nature and geography.

Art of the Muromachi Era

1954 / B&W / 16mm / 21 min
Production Company: Iwanami Productions
Planning: Tokyo National Museum
Director: Yanagisawa Hisao Script: Nakamura Hideo 
Photography: Fujise Suehiko

This film introduces the arts of the Muromachi Period, including Sesshu and the Kano School styles of painting, Noh and Kyogen, as well as gardens and architecture of the period that ingeniously incorporated the natural world into their design.

Over Hill and Dale

1955 / B&W / 16mm / 23 min

Production Company: Iwanami Productions
Planning: The Tokyo Electric Power Company, Inc.
Director: Yanagisawa Hisao
Script: Iwasa Ujitoshi
Photography: Fujise Suehiko

In a manner highly suggestive of fiction film, this piece weaves the passage of the seasons into the story, seen through the eyes of the daughter of a man whose job it is to protect the high-power cables at an electric power plant.


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