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1927–1954  from

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Die Tochter des Samurai

 

 

Items from our Collection :

 

A cinema handbill advertising the film in 1937:

 

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The 1937 film Die Tochter des Samurai  (The Daughter of the Samurai) was written, produced and directed by famed silent and sound film pioneer and director, Dr. Arnold Fanck. It was the very first (and only) co–production between Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan. The film received good reviews and was well–acted by a fine cast; including Japanese actors  – such as Sessue Hayakawa – who became prominent after WWII. But Fanck, apparently not altogether happy with the reception of the film, self–published his own 118 page glossy book (shown below) in March, 1938. His title of the book was The Daughter of the Samurai – A Film in the Echo of the German Press. The famous poster graphic artist Josef Fenneker provided the beautiful colour image used on the book's front cover.

 

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BELOW: An advertisement from the film studio specialising in foreign film subtitling, with a scene from the movie. This ad appeared in the Cinema of Japan 19361937 Yearbook, in our Collection.

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The film's  plot, as summarised by Wikipedia:  

Yamato Teruo (Isamu Kosugi) returns to Japan after spending six years at an agricultural college in Germany. Teruo is the adopted son of an old samurai family, and is expected to marry the eldest daughter, Mitsuko (Setsuko Hara). However, Teruo has become infected with the idea of Western individualism during his stay in Europe, and refuses to bow to the demands of society. Instead, he confounds his future father-in-law Yamato Iwao (Sessue Hayakawa) by announcing that he intends to marry a German journalist, Gerda Storm (Ruth Eweler), whom he met on the ship back to Japan. Gerda, however, is a blond, chaste, Aryan woman, and will not agree to a mixed-race relationship. She attempts to convince him of his duty to the Japanese race and traditions and to reconcile him with his family.

Meanwhile, Mitsuko, feeling dishonored by Teruo's rejection, attempts to commit suicide by throwing herself into a volcano. She is rescued at the last second by Teruo, and the couple is romantically reunited. Sometime later, the young couple and their baby are now living in Manchukuo, the "New Earth", working on a farm under the benevolent gaze of a vigilant soldier guarding against the ever-present threat of Bolshevism.

 

 

This is the only known original poster for the film to still exist. Hence the heavy watermarking of the image attributed to this website.

Here, scanned from the  very rare cinema owner's promotion guide (Werberatschlag) from our Collection,  the poster page providing cinema owners two choices of A0-sized full colour posters to pre–order before the film's release. Our Collection has rthe poster shown at left.

 

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Year
1937
 
Director
Fanck
 
Country
Germany–Imperial Japan