I am told that being familiar with the TV series from which this is compiled is a big benefit. However, I am not, so I have to judge it on it's own. It being the fourth in a series of five films is not going to help matters.
One thing of note is the costumes. I am used to watching Samurai films in B&W, so I rarely get to enjoy such elaborate court costumes. They are fantastic.
The Magistrate (Henra Sagara) is not who he appears to be and Mondo Nakamura (Makoto Fujita) sets out to find out what he is up to.
The film also features Sonny Chiba as Bunshichi, a man who works with Nakamura to find out what is going on.
Kinji Fukasaku, who wrote and directed this film, really gave us a humorous mystery with some very colorful characters.
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