Film Series : Umetsugu Inoue: Japan's Music Man

The Green Music Box

Midori haruka ni / 緑はるかに

1955, Umetsugu Inoue, Japan, 90 min. With Ruriko Asaoka, Frankie Sakai.

Show Times

  • Fri, Jun 29th 6:15pm
  • Tue, Jul 3rd 6:00pm

Described by retrospective organizer Tom Vick as having "a WIZARD OF OZ vibe," THE GREEN MUSIC BOX was the first theatrical feature shot in Japan's vivid three-strip Konicolor process. This rare restored 35mm print shows off director Inoue's flamboyant use of color in a children's musical fantasy based on the novel by Makoto Hojo. A child's music box becomes the hiding place for a secret formula sought by spies, in a road movie adventure that launches when the girl Ruriko (Asaoka) goes in search of her kidnapped parents, accompanied by three young boys she meets along the way. There are villains and orphans, dastardly deeds, close calls, and songs, all masterfully blended with Inoue's trademark sense of style into a spectacle for the whole family. In Japanese with English subtitles. 35mm. (BS)

Please note: This trailer does not have English subtitles. Our screenings of the film will be subtitled in English.

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