Japanese Child Actors 1932

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    Introductory intertitle in French suggests that Japanese children are in general very happy and hardly ever cry. Various shots of two cute children kneeling on cushions and eating ice cream or similar from little glasses. Two women in kimonos help the children eat and laugh and smile at their cuteness. M/S of the children being dressed for an outdoors walk. C/U of their outfits, they carry big bundles on their backs. M/S of a young girl carrying a baby on her back - the baby is about half her size. She turns to face the camera. French intertitle suggests that Japanese children often play the same games as French children. Various shots of the children playing - they run up and down some steps, bounce balls, jump around etc. C/U of cute toddler bouncing a ball. A festival is featured - called "hinamatsuri" it is the festival of dolls. M/S of group of young girls dressed in traditional outfits - kimonos with hair pinned up and white make-up. M/S of the girls being helped to walk through the streets by their parents.

    Japanese love the theatre and their children are trained from an early age to act in theatrical pieces. C/U of young boy being given a Kabuki style face make up. M/S of four young boys wearing the dramatic make-up. One of the boys is given a wig. M/S of the actors walking along in ornate costumes. High angle shot of an elaborately decorated float being pulled through a street by ropes. Children dressed in ornate costumes sit and stand on the float. M/S of some theatre being performed under a canopy by the children. The children move with traditional jerky movements. Good C/U of boy in costume pouting and waving a small fan.

    Note: French intertitles - Pathe Revue item.

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    01:03:00:00 / 01:05:42:00
    EP 306
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