The New Earth a.k.a. The Daughter of the Samurai

  • Dir: Itami Mansaku, Arnold Fanck

  • Japan/Germany, 1937, 114 mins, DCP

  • Cast: Hara Setsuko, Kosugi Isamu, Ruth Eweler

The first coproduction between national socialist Germany and imperial Japan before WWII to boost relations between the two countries. Teruo, the adopted son of a samurai family who returns from Germany, refuses to an arranged marriage. When his fiancé Mitsuko attempts to immolate herself in a volcano, Teruo comes to her rescue. Romantically reunited, the couple starts a new life in Manchukuo. In spite of the film’s conspicuous agenda of propaganda, Hara Setsuko, at age 16, enchanted western audience with her grace, radiant smile and demure demeanor, inspiring international appreciation of the “volcano-like sacrificing spirit of Japan.”

 

Screening:

Note

1. Unless otherwise stated, all films (except English-speaking films) are subtitled in English.

2. Screenings at HK Science Museum: There is no URBTIX Outlet at the venue. Tickets are available at URBTIX till one hour prior to respective screenings. Door ticket counter opens 30 minutes before the screening. Limited tickets to non-sold out screenings will be available at the door, subject to availability (Cash Only).

3. While it is the HKIFF’s policy to secure the best possible print of the original version for all its screenings, HKIFF will appreciate its patrons’ understanding on occasions when less than perfect screening copies are screened.