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Dora-heita (2000)

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New magistrate cleans up a corrupt town in his own comic Samurai way.

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Yûko Asano ...
Kosei
Tsurutarô Kataoka ...
Hanzô Yasukawa
Ryûdô Uzaki ...
Giyoro Senba
Hideji Ôtaki
Saburô Ishikura
Bunta Sugawara ...
Nadahachi
Renji Ishibashi ...
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Shigeru Kôyama
Takeshi Katô
Isao Bitô
Tsuyoshi Ujiki
Noboru Mitani
Nekohachi Edoya
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Samurai Koheita Mochizuki, who goes by the nickname Dora-Heita, meaning "alley cat" or "playboy," pretends to be an alcoholic magistrate but is in actuality an envoy from the daimyo sent to clean up the corrupt and lawless town. His task is complicated by the unexpected arrival of his mistress Kosei. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Neither fish nor fowl
8 January 2008 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Because a film may have some comedic elements it does not make it a comedy or even a funny movie. We often have amusing scenes to "break the tension" in "serious" ventures. This was neither of the above - not a comedy; not a "serious" film.

Nor was this a Chambara film. There was swordplay, but the artistry of the blade was missing; and, there was but one scene where steel was drawn.

So, we are left with a story of a sheriff who comes to town, and cleans the place up. I mean Samurai. It's your typical Eastern-Western that holds no surprises and our hero never needs to reload his blade.

It could be that the collaboration of four of Japan's greatest directors makes this film a bit of this and a bit of that and a lot of disappointment.


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