Center for Labor Education & Research, University of Hawaii - West Oahu: Honolulu Record Digitization Project

Honolulu Record, Volume 10 No. 9, Thursday, September 26, 1957 p. 6


Down Movie Lane

"Affair in Kamakura " Is Recommended To "We, the Women"

"Affair in Kamakura'," the Japanese movie at the Palace Theater which is advertised as adult entertainment—"the most daring picture ever produced in Japan !"— races into action in the first scene.

It deals with the unrestrained flesh-potting of young male and female adults—the restless, aimless children of well-fixed parents in Japan today.

Rock ‘n Roll Set

The agile camera leaves little to the imagination. It glides, with its meaty sound-track, from character to character as it sets the stage for the drama ahead.

It's summertime. The rock and roll youths affect sports and T-shirts, wrist watches, loafer shoes, crew cuts. They strum ukuleles, gulp liquor, shoot dice, play poker, water ski, sail boats, speed hi foreign sports and sleep off hangovers. They shack up with their pony-tailed, ballet-shoed playmates.

There are two brothers. The elder gives free rein to his desires and the younger cools his with "noble" ideas. They run into a well-stacked girl who is "the mistress of a haole businessman frequently away from home.

The girl poses as the innocent daughter of a strict mother. The direct-actioned brother calls her bluff, gains access to the" haole's bed whenever he's away. The girl is cute in frilly slumber scanties and, us she responds and excites her insatiable hunger, the camera lingers in silence.

The ensnaring of the young brother is done outdoors. They water ski and sail, and in shimmering moonlight and to the sighing of the sea, they come to know each other in close-ups not seen before on the local screen. The camera again lingers and it is silent until, as faintly as the moonlight, it records her sigh of surrender . . .

Paces Facts

Of course, primal elements of the passionate triangle boil and burst in a violent ending that almost rips apart the screen. It left the Palace audience literally gasping at the session this reviewer saw.

In Hawaii we are flooded with Hollywood productions which are unreal compromises with religious, racial and other sectional pressures or censorships. Consequently the U.S. screen cannot face everyday facts which we all see in our neighborhoods.

Cardinal Spellman in New York recently sermonized against a Hollywood version of the uncensored Broadway play, "Baby Doll." He said it would: be sinful for Catholics to see it.

"Affair in Kamakura" makes "Baby Doll" seem like a kindergarten playlet "We the Women" should, as part of their drive, see "Affair to Kamakura" because there are many affairs like it in Hawaii.

p /> I do not say that at odd hours a patient must be given the regular hot dinner or supper. Few people would expect this.
But what is so complicated about opening and heating a can of soup, making some toast, or preparing instant coffee or tea? Why cannot a night nurse do these simple things after the kitchen to closed? Is it just too much trouble?

It is only common humanity to feed the hungry. If our hospitals are too big, too complex, too impersonal to do these small kindnesses for the sick, something is very wrong.