A Ball at the Anjo House
(Anjo-ke no butoukai)

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Directed by Kozaburo Yoshimura.
With Osamu Takizawa, Setsuko Hara, Masayuki Mori.
Japan, 1947, 16mm, black & white, 88 min.

A family of noble lineage is stripped of its fortune and titles during the Allied Occupation's drive to democratize Japan in the aftermath of Japan's defeat in World War II. The Anjo family throws one last party the night before vacating their mansion, and family members, guests and servants all reflect on the changes they see pervading their homeland. Kozaburo Yoshimura's postwar masterpiece was recently featured in Susan Sontag’s touring program of Japanese film.

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