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The Blue Pearl(Movie, 1951)

Original title: "Aoi shinju" (Japanese/JA)
1h 39min
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Aoi Shinju (Japanese: 青い真珠, Hepburn: lit. 'The Blue Pearl') is a 1951 Japanese film directed by Ishirō Honda, his first feature film. The story is based on Umi no haien (lit. 'The Decedent Paradise of the Sea''). It is about a pearl divers and is filmed in a semi-documentary style. The film was produced and distributed by Toho in Japan on August 3, 1951. ()
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About The Blue Pearl

Though recognized worldwide almost exclusively for his colorful kaiju fare, director Ishirō Honda (Godzilla, Rodan, Mothra) was a natural humanist with a particular understanding of the relationship between people and their social environs. His debut fiction feature, The Blue Pearl (Aoi Shinju) – virtually unseen in the west until now – depicts the melodramatic, but keenly-observed interplay between a young man from Tokyo and two ama (pearl divers; literally “women of the sea”) in a superstitious coastal town. Though raised within the same tradition-bound crucible, the two women – Noe and Riu – are portrayed as diametric opposites; the former meek but affectionate, the latter strong-willed but jaded by a tryst with metropolitan life. Nonetheless, Honda provides equal weight to their desires and their ambitions to break free from the social mold imposed upon them from birth.


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Additional Information

Production country: Japan
Made by: Toho Company
Original language: Japanese (JA)
Spoken languages: Japanese (JA)
Translated into 2 languages: English (EN), Ukrainian (UK)
Status: Released
Release date US: 08/03/1951
Director: Ishirō Honda
Producer: Sōjirō Motoki
Keywords: pearl, ama, kachido
Color: Black & White (B/W)

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WatchPlayStream ID: MOVIES:402109, Added: 10/03/2020, Last updated: 01/31/2021