Shukujo to hige

Silent . Black and White . 72 minutes

Shochiku Kamata Studio

Written By

Ozu Yasujiro ('James Maki')
Kitamura Komatsu


Mohara Hideo
Atsuta Yuharu


Okada Tokihiko (Okajima Kiichi)
Kawasaki Hiroko (Hiroko)
Iida Choko (Hiroko's Mother)
Date Satoko (Satoko)
Tsukida Ichiro (Yukimoto Teruo)
Iizuka Toshiiko (Ikuko, his Sister)
Yoshikawa Mitsuko (Mrs Tsukida)
Sakamoto Takeshi (Butler)


Okajima, a college student with invincible kendo swordfighting skills, both vexes and amuses women with his conservative ways and his big, brushy beard which he carries with pride. One day, on his way to his friend Baron Yukimoto's party, he rescues the demure Hiroko from a brazen swindler, Satoko. He goes to Hiroko's company for a job interview and is rejected. Hiroko suggest that he shave off his beard and he at once lands a job, and attracts attention of both Yukimoto's sister and Satoko. But his heart is set on Hiroko, and despite some mix-up with Satoko, their faith in each other is unshaken.

Thoughts from Ozu
Okada Tokihiko gave a smashing performance. The film's a knock out! Even though it only took eight days to shoot, feedback was much better than that of Young Miss. This film business is so unpredictable.

The 20th film shot in January 1931. At the end of the previous year, Ozu made Young Miss (Ojosan), written by Kitamura Komatsu, with Kurishima Sumiko and Okada Tokihiko as leading actors. This film achieved both commercial success and critical acclaim. "This film contends with the best foreign films. The more than 20 years of Japanese film history seem to lead directly to this film" (Katano Akeji). The next film The Lady and the Beard is the second teaming of Ozu, Kitamura, and Okada. The cast of the famous beau Eipan (Okada's nickname) in a very masculine part (with beard) was a weird, but successful idea of Kitamura. The audience has the great pleasure to see his handsome face after he shaves the beard. In the autumn of 1929, Okada had changed from Nikkatsu to Shochiku. The Lady and the Beard is his third film with Ozu, after That Night's Wife and Young Miss. This film was shot in a mutual effort in a mere 8 days (including overnight work). Komatsu was considered an ace in the Kamata studio for the trilogy He and Tokyo (Kare to Tokyo, 1928), He and the Countryside (Kare to denen, 1928), and He and Life (Kare to jinsei, 1929), directed by Ushihara Kiyohiko and starring Denmel Suzuki. He published novels and essays and was also famous as a playwright under Osanai Kaoru's tuition. One of his dramas (staged at Tsukiji Sho-Gekiji) shows alignments with the contemporary current of leftist tendencies. In this film, Kitamura used Marx as a cause for cause. This was done very seldom, since censorship was attentive to ideology, even when used for fun.

Film Images

"Pillow Shots"