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With both Japanese and German directors in charge, the film “Atarashiki Tsuchi (Die Tochter des Samurai)” sparked an international sensation when it first hit theaters in 1937. Such is its historical and cultural importance that, after a 75-year hiatus, the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography began screening the film again on April 7.

The film stars a 16-year-old Setsuko Hara, who was still a fledgling actress when she was approached by German director Arnold Fanck. The role helped make her famous.

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