- Release Date
- June, 15th, 1958
- Running Time
- 103 min
- Screening Format
- Screen Size
- Cinema Scope (1:2.35)
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[ Story ]
This picture with an all-star cast and in Shintoho Scope and Eastman Color was produced to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Shintoho.
The New Eastern Times Company of Tokyo on the 10th Anniversary of its establishment, celebrates the occasion with a spectacular cross-country sightseeing race. Two cars carrying the East & West groups start from Kagoshima in Kyushu, the southern-most tip of Japan, at the same time and race to Tokyo, stopping at noted historic spots. The first to reach the capital is to receive the 500,000 yen prize.
The East group first visits, the Kirishima Shrine where the Sun Goddess is believed to have descended from Heaven to find Japan, thence via ancient and modern cities in Kyushu to Osaka and Kyoto and arrives at Atami hot-spring resort about 100km from Tokyo.
After leaving Kagoshima the West group visits various scenic spots and enjoys the folk-songs and dances of various localities, including Nagasaki of "Madam Butterfly" fame and passes through the Kanmon Tunnel the longest under-sea tunnel in the world. Proceeding along the Japan Sea coast it finally reaches Lake Yamanaka at the foot of Mt. Fuji about 100km from Tokyo.
The two groups now speed toward their goal. The West group is ahead, but near Tokyo runs out of gasoline. Desperately they push the car toward their goal, only 5 metres away. Then the East group approaches, and amid great excitement both reach the finish at the same time.
Woven into the story of the car race amid beautiful scenery, rivers, mountains, temples and shrines, geisha-girls, local folk-songs and dances as well as industries and modern cities, the film presents a tour of Japan with a Shintoho All-Star Cast contributing to make it a most hilarious comedy.
【Quoted from Unijapan Film Quarterly 1958.1.2】
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