Enoken no Tobisuke boken ryoko (1949)
Article 5810 by Dave Sindelar
Directed by Nobuo Nakagawa
Featuring Ken’ichi Enomoto, Yuki Daigo, Kiyoko Hanashima
What it is: Comic fantasy
A puppeteer is injured when he tries to rescue a little girl from a kidnapper. The little girl takes the puppeteer on a quest to a place where he will be healed, but the path is filled with perils.
My copy of this obscure movie has no English subtitles, so I can’t really go into more plot details than I have above. It is, however, a very visual movie, and it held my attention as the travelers encounter any number of strange people, places and creatures. The set design is also highly non-realistic, and that adds to the appeal. Let’s hope this one is released with English subtitles in the future.