The Adventures of Tobisuke


Directed by: Nobuo Nakagawa

Year: 1949

Length: 81 minutes

Classification rating: Unclassified 12+

Screens in: Canberra and Sydney

In war-torn Kyoto, a kind-hearted puppeteer named Tobisuke meets Ofuku, a young girl desperate to find her lost mother, when he rescues her from a dangerous man. To his dismay, Tobisuke is struck on the head during the scuffle and loses his memory. Ofuku tells him that if they travel to her mother’s hometown at the base of Japan’s highest mountain, they’ll find both her mother and the mythic golden fruit that can restore his memories.

The unlikely duo embark on an adventure depicted through elaborate sets in this early film by famed Japanese horror director Nobuo Nakagawa. Along the way, they’ll face demons, travel through Fake Town, and survive the Valley of the Dead—trusting no one but each other.



FREE JFF Classics Film
NFSA: Free admission. Bookings essential.

AGNSW: Free admission. Tickets available outside the Domain Theatre from one hour before each screening. A small allocation of early-bird tickets can be booked in advance from QTIX (pre-bookings available from 23 September, 10am)


National Film and Sound Archive, Canberra


Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney

Director: Nobuo Nakagawa

Producer: Hisamitsu Noguchi

Screenplay: Kajiro Yamamoto

Cast: Ken-ichi Enomoto, Sachie Daigo, Kiyoko Hanashima, Fukuji Kiba, Teruko Asahi and Musei Tokugawa

Genre: Classics

Language: In Japanese with English subtitles.

Format: 35mm b&w

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