Archival footage shot by a filmmaker who was going to Japan for attending the Olympic Games of 1964 in Tokyo.
It contains stock footage of Nakhodka, the Soviet city from where the ferry leaved, and of Bikin:
00:00 a demonstration at the railway station of the town of Bikin (in Russian: Бикин), a far away from Nakhodka, on Transib of Khabarovsk krai
00:50 – a symbol of Nakhodka: the Sestra hill (called “sopka” in The Far East
01:03 – a jazz orchestra playing on the ferry (something impossible to listen to for Soviet of those times)
01:17 – a man reading “Les Guides Nagel. URSS” book.
There are doubts about the filmmaker’s identity. The men in the ferry don’t look like they are part of a Soviet sport delegation. Looking at another part of this orphan film I found (in Greece!), they then had visited Volgograd and its dam, so they could be French-speaking engineers or traders travelling on USSR on their way to Japan.
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