Rojo no Reikon


Recommended by the

Ministry of Education


by Shochiku Kinema

Supervised by

Osanai Kaoru

Directed by

Minoru Murata

Screenplay by Kiyohiko Ushihara

based on

"Mutter Landstrasse"

by Wilhelm Schmidtbonn and

"The Lower Depths"

by Maxim Gorky.


Bunjiro Mizutani - Hamataro Oda

Set Decoration:

Saburo Mizoguchi

Atsushi Yamashita

Yasujiro Shimazu

We have to be pious

with all humanity.

For example, Jesus was merciful

and told us to do the same.

"We have time to be godly.

But we prefer...

to let the opportunity pass."

Maxim Gorki

On a warm winter afternoon,

the sun appeared ascending

through the clouds,

shedding its light over the ravine.

Taro is a little woodcutter,

favorite of his master.


Go fetch Taro.

Hey Taro,

your master is calling you!

Take this package to the station,

before the next train leaves.

Then you can go home.

On a city street, there were people

around the Yagibushi dancers.

Taro passed by and joined them.

Stubborn butler!

I'll give you a shot!



The girl passes between

Yagibushi dancers and the crowd.

The girl does not have money.

Taro pities

and offers all his coins.

Here you go, miss.

They return home together.

Mitsuko, Koichiro's ex-girlfriend,

niece of the master.

Without money, without food, and tired of the long

trip to the rocks of the ravine.

Kojiro Sugino,

he was expelled from the orchestra

In capital

he's had a troubled life,

But now he has changed

and returns to his father's house,

where he lived years ago.

Koichiro Sugino fainted...

while presenting his work

at the musical society.

Koichiro Sugino,

relapsed into a torrent of abuse.

Yoko, who was a famous singer,

is now Koichiro's wife.

She's the only one who sympathizes.

Fumiko, Koichiro's daughter.

Yoko, Fumiko,

forgive me and be patient.

When we get home

everything will be easier.

Tsurukichi is a tramp,

an ex-convict, having nothing,

feeling cast out of society,

by his poverty and hunger.

Kamezo is a lamentable tramp,

an ex-convict, that has nothing,

feeling expelled from society,

by his poverty, hunger.

He also has tuberculosis.

The night keeps the sadness...

smashing the joy,

but then the Christmas comes.

Tsurukichi and Kamezo

have to get on their way

after finishing

their daily breakfast.

Also today,

the master has gone to work in the mountains.

In the village decorated

with Christmas ornaments.

Go to the Yagibishi dancers there.

Ask them if they can come tonight.

Come to our house tonight.


I told you to give us something!

We have nothing.

We have not even eaten

anything for days,

the girl is crying all the time.

They look really bad.

I think we should share our bread.

Crossroads of Destiny.

Two go to the right, three to the left.

I helped this little hare.

It had a gunshot wound.

Unfortunately, it isn't old enough

to live without its parents.

Hey, Taro!

Go home and take care of the hare.

He finally reaches the top of the mountain,

from where he can see his hometown.

It will be the end to our trip.

I see my house from here.

This is my home. That forrest

and mountains are our blessing.

Cheer up! I'm sure

my father will welcome us.

I'll take this to my grandfather.

At dusk, when the wind

blows in the treetops.

The master is coming home

after finishing his day's work.

Koichiro arrives at his doorstep

to encourage his wife and daughter.

You work in this house?

May I ask... Is my father in?

The master?

Soon he'll be back.

Mitsuko's also away?

Mitsuko's home.

I'll call her.

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