When a young man is sent to a prison workhouse for a crime he did not commit his friend on the outside must find evidence to clear his name.

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Eiji
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Sabu
Tomoko Tabata ...
Nobuko
Kazue Fukiishi ...
Osue
Kenji Sawada ...
Okayasu
Naomasa Musaka ...
Matsuda
Tatsuo Yamada ...
Ryojiro Kojima
Yoshiki Arizono ...
Yohei
Keisuke Horibe
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Yôji Tanaka ...
Toku
Akira Yasuda
Ren Ôsugi ...
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A tale set in the Tokugawa Era. Framed for a crime he did not commit, Eiji is subjected to the harsh realities of the Ishikawa Island workhouse. Sabu, Eiji's longtime friend, must discover who is responsible for Eiji's incarceration, before the prison life consumes him completely. Written by blaza

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Mainstreaming with Miike.
19 August 2005 | by See all my reviews

As mentioned in another review, this film should probably have been called "Eiji", because he is certainly the focus of attention. The slight plot revolves around a perceived injustice against him and its eventual resolution. The supporting cast are more sketches than characters, but the narrative survives the demands of this televisual simplification.

As a historical document it's beautiful. Perhaps Miike wanted to show, much like Kurosawa, that even in the era of the Samurai, ordinary people also led lives tinged with drama.

I felt that there was a hint of predetermined running time (perhaps two one hour episodes?) which led to a bit of a lull in proceedings around the hour mark. I resolved my putative ennui by resorting to the time honoured British tea ceremony. By the time I'd finished my refreshments, the plot had picked up again, and fortified by some quality tiffin, I thoroughly enjoyed the denouement. I'd guess that this is the Japanese equivalent of those great period dramas that the BBC excels at. I don't watch television, but I would if it could consistently offer a dramatic emotional diet as rich as this.


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