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Aru Machi Kado no Monogatari

Alternative Titles

English: Tales of the Street Corner
Synonyms: Aru Machikado no Monogatari, Story of a Street Corner, Tale of a Street Corner
Japanese: ある街角の物語


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Nov 5, 1962
Producers: Mushi Production
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Source: Original
Genres: Drama, Music, Romance
Duration: 39 min.
Rating: G - All Ages


Score: 6.681 (scored by 1,141 users)
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Ranked: #50862
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The scene is set with a poster on a street corner, a girl who cherishes her teddy bear, a street lamp and a playful moth that is drawn to the lamp. These creatures and inanimate objects, each with their own dramas, get involved in a war and the story ends in a tragic climax. This is a private animated piece that expresses feelings rather than telling a story. It can be said that Tezuka Osamu, frustrated with working for big companies, made an attempt here to depict what he really wanted in his animation. This work illustrates that even a poster on the wall can have a vivid drama behind it, and brings the magic of animation alive for us.


Winner of the 1962 Oofuji Noburou Award.

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Yamamoto, Eiichi
Episode Director, Key Animation, Editing
Tezuka, Osamu
Original Creator
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Konno, Shuuji
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Jun 9, 2011
Blind_Guardian (All reviews)
'Tales of a Streetcorner,' as this is known in English, is a unique and very artistic film that reminds me of early Disney animation. I'd have never even heard of this hidden gem had a friend not directed me towards it, and it was well worth the half-hour or so it took to watch it.

'Streetcorner' has not one word of dialogue (not counting the print on the posters, which I can't read anyway), communicating mood entirely through music and expression. Not only that, there is only one actually human character, a gender-ambiguous child who is never named or speaks. As read more
Feb 18, 2014
vivafruit1 (All reviews)

Writing about works like this is always a bit tricky, because the movie will at best appeal to a small percentage of the people reading this review. The challenge is always to make the show appear as repellant as possible to those that cannot and will not appreciate it, while at the same time recommending the movie to those that will actually like it. Essentially, this 1962 Tezuka short is not for “anime fans,” but “animation fans” – a subtle distinction to some, but a crucial one. Tezuka made the movie long before the stylistic distinctions that differentiate Japanese animation from the rest of the read more
Dec 8, 2012
Solemnmind (All reviews)
Tales of a Street Corner is produced by Osamu Tezuka and uses a combination of living and inanimate characters to construct a story with a heavy anti-war theme. Sounds bizarre, right? Well, it certainly is and the first half is unlikely to get any other reaction than a few raised eyebrows and smiles as it introduces the characters and setting.

Among the cast we find a human girl and her father; a moth; a group of mice; a street-lamp and finally a plethora of various posters containing a large variety of characters. These characters inhabit a street corner that, through clever development, comes off as an read more
Apr 24, 2017
Sidewinder51 (All reviews)
Rate a 6
Audio is background not vocal
art piece

Had a good opening that stressed who the main characters were and the roles they played. Only thing i would have added is a little more of a background for some of the same characters slightly later on at some point. Conclusion was unclear. On one had you can see it as tragic as the other you can see it as merciful/just. While telling a story with animated characters with no subtitles or vocals is a real challenge. Which to be fair was handled generally well. Although, the pain the viewer was suppose to take was unknown. Movies read more


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