What Did the Lady Forget? (1937) IMDb

Viewing

Seen in 2017.

Categorization

Screwball comedy.

Commentary

Setsuko the beautiful Kansai moga, existing as she does here outside the context of her peers, prefigures the cool gender-bending fantasies of anime. The scene of her at a geisha bar is particularly cartoonish, and very funny.

Unfortunately, Setsuko concurs with Tokio that the true protagonist—Komiya—is ultimately right to slap Tokio and thereby assert his masculine authority. Tokio herself proposing this to her girlfriends is a sour ending. It gives the lie to Ozu’s sensitivity to women’s issues at this stage in his career.

Japanese production movie