May Day riots in Tokyo. Good scenes of disorder.
400,000 workers and students in Tokyo clash with police on May Day after anti-American speeches by Communist leaders, four days after Japan regained independence.
GV. Japanese workers and students massed in Tokyo. LV. Back view, speaker addressing crowd. CU. Ranting speaker. SV. man in crowd applauding. SV. Agitators in flaming mob. Chairs being knocked over. SV. Crowd shouting at speakers. SV. Agitators lifting flags. SV. Pan from platform to excited crowd. MV. Procession carrying signs, banners and posters. MV. SV. Demonstrators in long line snaking backwards and forwards across road. GV. Procession. SV. Pan, excited demonstrators, in procession. LV. Formation of police charging procession. SV. MV. Police lashing into crowd with truncheons. GV. SV. Police throwing tear gas bomb into crowd of demonstrators. MV. Police holding back mob attempting to rush newsreel truck. SV. Police holding back mob attempting to rush newsreel truck, Both sides hurling missiles. SV. Pan from crowd of police to burning car. SV. Another car blazing. SV. Pan, two cars alight. GV. SV. Rioting carries on in a tear gas cloud. GV. Rioting along a main street. SV. Pathe News truck racing into midst of battle. SV. Milling crowd of police and rioters - body on ground. SV. Japanese police advancing, injured on ground. SV. police beating up rioter who is carried off feet first. GV. Rioting in park. Tear gas bombs being thrown. SV. Hand to hand fighting. MV. Pan, hand to hand fighting. SV. Police lugging off demonstrator. GV. Back view, rioters moving away.
N.B. The voiceover blamed communist agitators for stirring up the trouble in the crowd.