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Jubilation Street

1944

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  • Shooting mostly outdoors, Kinoshita demonstrates a resourcefulness and creativity with the unpredictable conditions... Natural elements and phenomena again play a key role in the narrative of Jubilation Street, just as they had in Kinoshita's prior films, with the tropical storm at the climax of Port of Flowers and the symbolically high winds of The Living Magoroku proving effective visual analogues for the internal turmoil of their characters.

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    Sight & Sound: Alexander Jacoby
    July 03, 2015 | August 2015 Issue (p. 98)

    Kinoshita's detailed portrait of the doomed community gives the film a degree of pathos, capturing the personal dimension the censors were keen to suppress.

  • The film is confined almost entirely to the small street, but its increasingly resourceful maker invents all sorts of expressive ways to use the camera. In fact, this was Kinoshita’s most visually adventurous film yet. Rather than the heavy-duty vernacular of more blatant propaganda films, he opts for a subtly communicative visual poetry.

  • Jubilation Street (1944) is the [Kinoshita Criterion] package's most melodic piece, worthy of Naruse and Shimizu... Kinoshita buries the obligatory patriotism under layers of vivid heartbreak and melancholy. The camera movements alone, gently and ruefully roaming around the single soon-to-be-lost location, declaim the damage done to Japanese society by its warmongering better than any dialogue might.