|By a Man's Face Shall You Know Him|
"Otoko no kao wa rirekisho"
Director: Tai Kat˘
Cast: Noboru And˘, Kanjűr˘ Arashi, Torahiko Hamada
Staged across three distinct time periods with the bulk of the story unfolding in the post-war disorder of 1948,
By a Man's Face Shall You Know Him is an early attempt at dramatising tensions between Japanese and zainichi Korean residents sharing an uneasy existence within the same living space. The film opens 8 years after the main action, introducing the character of Amamiya (Ando),
a doctor at a rundown hospital who has just served an 8-year sentence for murder.
When a man (Nakatani) is brought into the hospital fatally wounded
after being hit by a car, Amamiya initially refuses to operate, seeing the case as hopeless. But after he sees the victim, whose given name is Sai,
and recognises him as a private who fought under him under the Japanese name of Shibata in Okinawa during the war, he has a change of heart.
1966 Color Anamorphic Widescreen (16:9) 89 Mins.
Japanese with Optional English Subtitles.