Hibotan bakuto: Nidaime shûmei
- 1h 35m
The industrial revolution comes to Japan with the introduction of the railroad system. This led to clashes between boatmen, whose livelihoods are threatened, and the railway construction wor... Read allThe industrial revolution comes to Japan with the introduction of the railroad system. This led to clashes between boatmen, whose livelihoods are threatened, and the railway construction workers.The industrial revolution comes to Japan with the introduction of the railroad system. This led to clashes between boatmen, whose livelihoods are threatened, and the railway construction workers.
A Fine Addition to the Series
This film begins during the Meiji Restoration during which Japan began its own industrial revolution using western technology. As such, coal became an increasingly important commodity and this story begins with the Yakuza gambler "Ryuko Yano" (Sumiko Fuji)--who is also known as "Oryu-The Red Peony"-traveling in a carriage when suddenly a man on horseback comes riding by with several armed men chasing him. Having been shot he falls from his horse and just as the other men arrive Ryuko intervenes and prevents them from killing him. After taking him to a hospital she agrees to deliver a package to his girlfriend and then continues on her destination to see her critically ill uncle. When she gets there she learns that there has been several incidents involving local boatmen who are concerned that their livelihoods are being threatened by the construction of a new railroad--which her uncle is responsible for building. And with his dying breath he designates Ryuko to take over as his heir and instructs her to complete the railroad. That being said, she first has stop the destruction caused by the boatmen but what she doesn't realize at the time is that a rival Yakuza clan led by a man named "Arrakido" (Bin Amatsu) is intent on stopping construction for his own selfish purposes. Now rather than reveal any more I will just say that this was an entertaining addition to the Red Peony Gambler series which had an intricate plot along with some good comedy and action scenes. Admittedly, I would have preferred a meatier role for Ken Takakura (as the Yakuza swordsman "Yojiro Kawabe") but even so I thought that this was a fine film all things considered and I have rated it accordingly. Above average.
- Jun 26, 2021
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