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 the 50s, the complicated life of a popular writer who must share his life with his family, his numerous mistresses and his work. Adapted from autobiographical story by Kazuo Dan, who ... See full summary »
Though mostly known for his gritty yakuza dramas and, now, his legendary cult film Battle Royale, Kinji Fukasaku's career ranges across (and liberally messes around with) many genres... See full synopsis »
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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