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The Living Magoroku
Directed by Keisuke Kinoshita • 1943 • Japan
A superstitious farming family is hesitant to use its fields to grow crops to help feed the nation's troops. Keisuke Kinoshita's rural drama was made to promote the war effort, but his story branches off in many directions, including one subplot about the family's heirloom samurai sword and another about a blossoming young romance.