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    No title. "Around the corner lies China's Fish People, 50,000,000 of them -- on water from birth to death." High angle shot of very crowded stretch of river. Full of covered boats. Camera pans across. L/S of two junks and other small boats. "A typical hearthside --" M/S of a Chinese family having a meal on board their houseboat. They eat with chopsticks. C/U of elderly man eating rice with chopsticks.

    "They pick new neighbours every day." L/S covered boat with group of people aboard. Panning shot of the family sleeping side by side on the bare boards of the boat. "Every day is Friday because fish comprises eighty percent of their food." Man holds up a fish on a little pole. "Each year a day is given over to the God "Ise" who keeps the seas supplied with fish."

    C/U of a statue of the God "Ise". L/S of a parade - a large ornate fabric covered entity is carried on the shoulders of many men. "At the Shinto Temple the priests pray for twenty-four hours without stopping." L/S of the temple. M/S of priests at prayer. "False Gods who are blamed for storms and the ocean's lack of fish are paraded through the streets." High angle shot of groups of men holding idols aloft weave around the street.
    C/U of a woman playing a drum. "At sundown the unfaithful Gods are returned to the Temple to be burned." M/S of groups of men parading towards the camera carrying idols. M/S of men in ceremonial dress walking towards an altar in a temple. "Each paper image represents an Idol of Bad Omen." Holy men parade past papier mache idols. C/U of elderly man with a long beard in foreground as the idols are placed on a fire.

    "As the last of the False Gods is burned, "Ise" the Food-Producing-God is again Master of the Sea." M/S of the statue of "Ise". Landscape shot of sea lapping the shore. Short "The End" title. M/S of a street in China. "Honest weight -- no springs." Street market. Woman crouches beside baskets of vegetables. Goods are weighed on primitive scales. "The sweetest men in China." M/S of a market trader selling sweets. He sits under a parasol.

    Note: intertitles have the word "Curiosities" at the top and "The Movie Side-show" at the bottom. This is one of the"Walter Futter's Curiosities" in the Eve Pic collection - American films which it appears Pathe bought then retitled for use in the U.K. Safety neg only.

    Note: intertitles have the word "Curiosities" at the top and "The Movie Side-show" at the bottom. This is one of the"Walter Futter's Curiosities" in the Eve Pic collection - American films which it appears Pathe bought then retitled for use in the U.K. Safety neg only.

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    Archive
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    Sound:
    Mute
    Media URN:
    36630
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Film ID:
    1004.20
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration
    00:03:38:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:47:34:00 / 01:51:12:00
    Canister:
    EP 300
    Sort Number:
    EP 300
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    0:01 0:02 0:03 0:04

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