Japan Date:1933 Duration:5 min 13 sec Sound:Yes
A dramatization. Opening scene shows two newsgirls selling papers on a street corner in the Ginza district of Tokyo. One calls out to passersby (unseen). She looks up at a clock tower showing it is almost midnight. The weather is cold and the girls are trying to stay warm. Views of neon signs on business establishments in the area. Scene shifts to men and women dancing to accordian music in a night club. A couple leaving the club obtain their coats and put them on. The woman glances at a watch on her finger. Next scene shows headlights of a moving car and its horn is heard blowing several times. Then lights of several cars are seen. Scene shifts back to the newspaper girls now joined by another girl and a boy. Scene shifts to Manchuria, where a troop of Japanese cavalry are riding in formation on a dusty road. Sounds of machine gun fire are heard in background. Japanese soldiers run past rocks. Two carry a Type 11 37 mm infantry support gun. Others carry boxes of ammunition. Glimpse of soldiers setting up the 37mm gun as another uses a periscopic sight and rangefinder. Several soldiers at another location are firing light machine guns supported by bipods. Closeup of a Japanese soldier silhouetted against the sky. Scene shifts back to the four newspaper children. They all say goodnight and start to leave. One of the girls steps from the corner, and is struck by a taxicab, apparently carrying her parents who've come to take her home. The driver jumps out and carries her to the sidewalk and her parents rush to her side. Next, a collection of dolls is seen in the girl's room, where she is lying on a bed. A doctor speaks with her parents. Later, another woman and a different doctor are seen with the parents at the girl's bedside. The girl begins to speak anxiously. The parents are dismayed and her mother speaks earnestly to her and cradles her head.
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