International Title
Humanity and Paper Balloons
Japanese Title
 [Ninjo Kami Fusen]
Production: P.C.L. (Pre-Toho Merger) / Zenshinza Theatre Company
Distributor: Toho Eiga Distribution Corp. Japan: 1937
  Time: 82 minutes
Initial US Title
 Humanity and Paper Balloons
US Distributor: Toho (1982) Time: 82 minutes
Alternate Movie Titles:
Ballad of the Paper Balloons [Literal Translation]

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A ronin, struggling through some hard times, tries as hard as he possibly can to attract the attention of one of his late father's former acquaintances, who has managed to make a name for himself in feudal Edo. Meanwhile, a barber grapples with frequent attempts by a local crime syndicate to shut down his amateur gambling parties. As the ronin continually finds himself dismissed by his father's old friend, the barber decides that the syndicate's attempts at intimidation have gone too far and does something decidedly drastic...

Directed by Sadao Yamanaka
Writing credits Shintaro Mimura
Produced by Masanobu Takeyama
Music by Tadashi Ota
Cinematography by Akira Mimura
Art Direction by Kazuo Kubo, Sentaro Iwata
Assistant Director Ishiro Honda
Matajuro Unno Chojuro Kawarasaki
Otaki, Matajuro's wife Shizue Yamagishi
Shinza, the Barber Kan'emon Nakamura
Landlord Sukezo Sukedakaya
Yatagoro Henchman Daisuke Kato
- Tsuruzo Nakamura
- Choemon Bando
- Emitaro Ichikawa
- Noboru Kiritachi
- Toshio Arashi
- Kozaburo Nakamura
- Chobee Yamazaki
- Shimajiro Yamazaki
Monster Appearances Aliens, SDF, Misc
None N/A


DVDs and Blu-Ray
Region 2 Humanity and Paper Balloons Eureka Entertainment (2005)

Miles Imhoff Star Rating
June 20, 2014