Saru Masamune (1930)

People think they know what anime are. How many people are familiar with classic Japanese animations? Japanese films were more conservative then than they are today and they tended to re-assert their own cultural identity and set of values. Many short films glorify the exploits of former military heroes.

In these days, the Japan Society of New York, presents Dawn of Japanese Animation, a screening of 38 animated films, from February 13th through the 16th. If you like anime, you must go to New York. If you can't, don't worry. Mellart will help you. We'll begin with Yasuji Murata's Saru Masamune (1930), based on the legend of how the great Japanese swordsmith, Masamune, received a sword from a tribe of monkeys after rescuing one of them from a hunter with a gun.
You can buy: Animated Classics of Japanese Literature - The Sound of Waves, Parts 1 & 2/ Growing Up, Animated Classics of Japanese Literature - The Izu Dancer, Animated Classics of Japanese Literature: The Harp of Burma/Season of the Sun and Animated Classics of Japanese Literature - Botchan

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