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Bakumatsu taiyôden (1957)

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In the last days of the Shogunate, a resourceful grifter seeks to outwit competing prostitutes, rebellious samurai and other inhabitants of a brothel in order to survive the hardened times.

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Yûzô Kawashima

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Hisashi Yamanouchi (screenplay) (as Keiichi Tanaka), Yûzô Kawashima (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Furankî Sakai ... Inokori Saheiji, the stayer
Sachiko Hidari ... Osome, the prostitute
Yôko Minamida ... Koharu, the prostitute
Yûjirô Ishihara ... Shinsaku Takasugi
Izumi Ashikawa Izumi Ashikawa ... Ohisa, the maid
Toshiyuki Ichimura Toshiyuki Ichimura ... Mokubei
Nobuo Kaneko Nobuo Kaneko ... Denbei
Hisano Yamaoka Hisano Yamaoka ... Otatsu - Denbei's wife
Yasukiyo Umeno Yasukiyo Umeno ... Tokusaburô - Otatsu's son
Masao Oda Masao Oda ... Zenpachi
Masumi Okada Masumi Okada ... Kisuke
Toshio Takahara Toshio Takahara
Tomio Aoki Tomio Aoki ... Tadasuke
Sanpei Mine Sanpei Mine ... Sanpei
Kin Sugai Kin Sugai ... Okuma
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Set in the last few years of the shogun's rule, this period/ensemble movie depicts the lives of the young and the restless at a whorehouse. The protagonist is Saheiji, a resourceful, witty free spirit. It's 1862, 6 years before the Shogun turned his political power over to the Emperor. Penniless Saheiji splashes out at a famous Shinagawa whorehouse. He's forced to stay on at the whorehouse to repay his debt. At first Saheiji is regarded as an unwelcome guest who never leaves but it turns out he is not just a poor grifter. None of the whorehouse's guests, hosts, servants and attending ladies are innocent but they are pragmatic schemers. Saheiji soon endears himself to them all and solves many whorehouse disputes with his wit. But it is slowly revealed that the seemingly perfect Saheiji is suffering from tuberculosis and his future is uncertain... Written by Nikkatsu

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

14 July 1957 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Sun in the Last Days of the Shogunate See more »

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Nikkatsu See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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A much loved film in its native country and surely worth a watch.
18 October 2018 | by christopher-underwoodSee all my reviews

Not the easiest film for a non Japanese to follow and certainly not an easy one to review. I see I am the first to make any sort of attempt. There is always some difficulty with period films from Japan because we on the outside seem to have so little knowledge of that history and are immediately at a disadvantage. There is another difficult when it comes to comedy. So much Japanese humour seems to be derived from word play (as in England) and unfortunately if you are relying upon a subtitle translation inevitably there is going to be a problem with the subtlety being 'lost in translation'. Another obstacle for modern western viewers is what I tend to refer to as the crazy slapstick tendency. It happens in Chinese as well as Japanese films and again does not always translate well to others. I think this is made more difficult here because the lead was a well known funny man and much of what he does will have been funny through familiarity. Despite all that, the film is well shot, everything happens at a frantic pace, there are no ponderous or slow passages but you do have to try and remember who is who. Another difficulty for western views but I shall not be expanding upon that. A much loved film in its native country and surely worth a watch.


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