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Love's Catch Rope
Love's Catch Rope
Hiroshi Shimizu
3 min

Like his contemporary Yasujirō Ozu, Hiroshi Shimizu spent most of his career working at Shochiku's Kamata Studio in Tokyo and specialized in melodramas and comedies. The Edo period setting is atypical, but Shimizu's mastery of space and skill at drawing out psychologically complex performances is fully evident in this fragment from his earliest surviving film, made when he was only 22 years old. This section of Love's Catch Rope, long considered lost, was recently rediscovered by the Kobe Planet Film Archive and is presented worldwide for the first time. Subtitles available.