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Labor force, Value, and Film

This blog category aims to convey Marx and Engels in the easiest way possible.
Let's apply the dialectics and materialism of Marx and Engels to our daily lives today. In other words, we need to understand based on facts alone that everything, including the universe, the earth, and living things, is interconnected and changing.

Marx says that the power of human labor creates a lot of value and contributes to society.
But the capitalists give the workers only a meager wage.
Marx and Engels argued that workers should be paid enough to enable all workers and their families to live healthy lives.

For example, when a movie creator makes a movie, its value has a positive impact on many people.
This is also the value created by labor.
(However, conservative politicians such as Japan's Liberal Democratic Party and large corporations continue to campaign that "creators are not workers." Don't be fooled.)

Let me introduce one episode.

A long time ago, a small business owner failed in business and decided to commit suicide.
But it was daytime, so at night he decided to hang himself from a tree.
He went into the movie theater to watch a movie to kill time.

He saw the movie "Osho'' (1962 / directed by Daisuke Ito / Toei) and his energy increased.
And he stopped himself from committing suicide.

He decided to save up his money and make his own movie.

The man who tried to commit suicide was originally a conservative person, but he asked Satsuo Yamamoto to direct his film.
Satsuo Yamamoto was a member of the Japanese Communist Party who was influenced by Soviet socialist filmmakers. (Harada also respects director Yamamoto).

In this way, Satsuo Yamamoto made a film called ”Ah Nomugi Pass''(1979/Shinnihon eigasha) about workers exploited by factory owners in old Japan.
It was like a movie made directly from a book by Marx and Engels.

A poor farmer's daughter is sold to a large factory.
The factory owner manipulates the hands of the clock to force young girls to work long hours.
When a war begins, factories cooperate in the war effort.
There are also scenes of economic depression that Marx and Engels repeatedly mentioned.

However, there are also parts that are unique to Japan.
Despite being subjected to harsh exploitation, the young girls of the workers are grateful to the factory for allowing them to eat white rice.
This is the same in Japan today. Even though young people are being exploited, they are grateful to capitalists and large corporations for letting them work.
This is also the negative effect of a long-standing campaign that brought together conservative parties, large corporations, and the business community.

There are memorable scenes at the beginning and end of the movie.
Nobles, powerful people, and bourgeoisie women wear luxurious silk dresses and dance at balls.
However, the silk is made by the daughters of poor farmers.
The two elements alternate over and over again.

Powerful people and capitalists are working hard to separate the topics of film and politics.
But they are all closely connected.

So we should talk about society and politics as much as we talk about movies.
Even now, many people around the world are being killed, suffering, their homes burned down, and crying out for help.


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王将 (Osho) 1962 / credit:Toei / あゝ野麦峠 (Ah Nomugi Pass) 1979 / credit:Shinnihon eigasha

Add: Osho's director Daisuke Ito also made left-wing films before the war.





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A scene from "MIDORI (1992)".
Poor people work in the basement of Tokyo's Ueno Station to make a living.
On the left is a shoe shiner. Poor people shine the shoes of bourgeoisie men and earn a little money.
On the right, they sell small items made by hand at home.
However, things don't seem to be going well for either of them.
In this society, even though we are all human beings, we are divided into those who earn money easily and live luxurious lives, and those who work but only earn a small income.
Marx and Engels were the ones who scientifically clarified the cause of this.


by kiyubaru2020 | 2024-04-03 13:41 | marx engels eisen