is a 1933 anime
short film by Kenzō Masaoka
and the first Japanese anime of any type to feature voiceovers.
The film was released in black and white
. There are no known prints of this film available, and it is considered a lost film
''Chikara'' was listed as one of the "Best of Best" by the 12th Japan Media Arts Festival.
The protagonist is a father of four children. His wife is tall, and weighs due to her incredibly large physique. Because he is constantly being henpecked
at home, he becomes involved in an affair
with a typist
at his company and accidentally tells his wife about it while talking in his sleep
. After obtaining additional evidence of the affair, she goes to confront both her husband and the typist at her husband's office.
In 1927, ''The Jazz Singer
'' was released in the United States as the first talkie
film, and Japanese film companies began working on creating them as well. Shochiku
released in 1931, the first Japanese talkie. Due to the success of this film, the president of Shochiku, Shirō Kido
, commissioned Masaoka to make the first anime talkie, and he began working on it immediately.
Masaoka worked on the film for a little over a year and finally completed it in October 1932. The film was released in theaters the following year on 13 April 1933.
At this time, the job of voice actor
did not exist, so Shochiku used regular actors for the voice parts. Casting well-known stars
, such as Roppa Furukawa
and Ranko Sawa
(of the Takarazuka Revue
), helped make the film a success.
*Original Creator, Script: Tadao Ikeda
*Original Planning, Director: Kenzō Masaoka
*Animation: Mitsuyo Seo
, Seiichi Harada, Saburō Yamamoto
*Photography: Kakuzan Kimura
*Producer: Shirō Kido
*Voiceover Director: Hiromasa Nomura
*Audio: Haruo Tsuchihashi
*Music Director: Masanori Imasawa
*Main character: Roppa Furukawa
*Wife: Ranko Sawa
*Typist: Yōko Murashima
*Tarō: Akio Isono
*Jirō: Hideo Mitsui
*Hanako: Fusako Fujita
*Toshiko: Yōko Fujita
*List of lost films
Category:1933 anime films
Category:Anime short films
Category:Lost animated films
Category:1930s animated short films
Category:Films with screenplays by Tadao Ikeda
Category:Lost Japanese films
Category:1933 lost films