The Daughter of the Samurai (1937)

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At the invitation of the Japanese Ministry of Education, the former “mountain filmer” Fanck directed this “cultural feature film” with Japanese actors in Japan, making this the first, German-Japanese co-production. The young Japanese man Teruo gets caught up in a conflict between tradition and modernism, when he returns to Japan from Germany after having spent a number of years there studying. Now, he is supposed to marry Mitsuko, the daughter of his adoptive father, to whom Teruo has long been promised. But Teruo, who has gotten to know the freedoms of the western world, would rather marry the woman he loves and behaves brusquely to Mitsuko.

GENRES
Drama • Romance
DIRECTION
Arnold Fanck  •  Mansaku Itami
CAST
Setsuko Hara  •  Ruth Eweler  •  Sessue Hayakawa  •  Isamu Kosugi

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CAST & CHARACTERS
Setsuko Hara Misuko Yamato
Ruth Eweler Gerda Storm
Sessue Hayakawa Iwao Yamato
Isamu Kosugi Teruo Yamato
Haruyo Ichikawa Hideko Kanda
Yuriko Hanabusa Oiku, the Maid
Eiji Takagi Kosaku Kanda
Kichiji Nakamura Ikkan, the Priest
Max Hinder German Teacher
Nisao Tokiwa Teruo's Mother
Kanae Murata Child