Night School (1956 film)

Night School (夜間中学, Yakan chūgaku) is a 1956 Japanese film directed by Ishirō Honda.

Night School
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Original Japanese movie poster
Directed byIshirō Honda
Screenplay byYoko Mizuki
Starring
Production
company
Nihon University College of Art
Distributed byDaiei Film
Release date
  • 18 April 1956 (1956-04-18) (Japan)
Running time
44 minutes[1]
CountryJapan

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Night School was director Ishirō Honda's only film ever directed outside of Toho.[2] The film was among the first about the topic of night schools.[2] The original idea for developing a film around night schools was from Kanesaku Toda, a Toho staff member who approached Honda and other ex-Nichidai men.[2] The team got the rights to the short story by Teiji Seta titled "Mail Desk" (Yubin zukue) which appeared in the children's magazine Boys and Girls.[2] Among the crew was Yoko Mizuki as the screenwriter, and other Nichidai grads including Keiju Kobayashi and Jukichi Uno who starred as a teacher and a student's father.[2] The film was produced by Nihon University College of Art with a low budget.[2] Most actors on set worked without pay.[2]

Honda and the films producers submitted Night School to the Japanese government's education department, hoping to secure a seal of approval to get the film approved for families and students.[2] The government advised Honda to change the title due to a stigma surrounding night schools, which Honda declined leading the funding being denied.[2]

ReleaseEdit

Night School was acquired by Daiei Film and distributed as a second feature in April 18, 1956.[2][1]

The film was not screened for decades.[3] It was revived at the 2009 Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival retrospective titled "The Man Who Shot Godzilla".[2] Following the screening, a panel discussion was held with Shusuke Kaneko and Honda's son Ryuji.[3]

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SourcesEdit

  • Ryfle, Steve; Godziszewski, Ed (2017). Ishiro Honda: A Life in Film, from Godzilla to Kurosawa. Wesleyan University Press. ISBN 0819577413.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)

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