Young Tokiko works at a geisha house as a maid, waiting for her maiko practice (apprenticeship of geisha) to begin. The movie depicts detailed lifestyle of geishas at that time, showing their rules, loves, beauties and humanities.
In a village subsisting on its herring fishery, a one-eyed criminal named Jakoman terrorizes the inhabitants. One of them, the son of the head of one of the fish companies by the name of Tetsu, decides to overthrow Jakoman and his cohorts.
A very rare Kinji Fukasaku film, that I watched in Japanese language and without subtitles. Nothing at all. I guess I got most of the story, if not everything. I took it because it as starring the late Koji Tsuruta, who was a recurrent actor working with Fukasaku, with the likes of Noburu Andô, Bunta Sugawara, Tetsua Watari...But here I only recognized Tsuruta Koji. Most of yakuza movies look the same. Most of them. An ex con is released from jail and finds his former associates and friends. But not only, also his ex girl friend and enemies. Tsuruta makes no exception here, getting involved with an union racket on the docks...Much brutality here, for this very pessimistic tale, as usual with Japanese features. I won't say I recognized the Fukasaku touch here, I repeat, Japanese directors were all at the same school, especially the movies made from Toei productions.
I am the only one to have commented it. From a DVD from Japan, and not a duplicate or "bootlegged" stuff. Genuine material.
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