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... Tonbo
... Tsutaya
... Troupe Leader
Tsurutarô Kataoka ... Goro
... Utamaro
Riona Hazuki ... Hanasato
Toshiya Nagasawa ... Tetsuzo (the future Hokusai)
Yasosuke Bando ... Matsudaira Sadanobu
Tomijuro Nakamura ... Gosei
Naoko Kato ... Ohuji
Masumi Miyazaki ... Gohi
Chôichirô Kawarasaki ... Santo Kyoden
Naomasa Musaka ... Manager Yohei
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eisuke Sasai ... Tomisaburo Segawa
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A crippled kabuki player is taken into a strolling company of itinerant actors. An influential publisher notices his honest, bold drawings, and nurtures him despite persecution and betrayal. The film explores the eternal relationship between artist and producer, and describes the emanicipation of a man who refuses to let himself become the plaything of power and money. Written by L.H. Wong <as9401k56@ntuvax.ntu.ac.sg>

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A letdown
28 May 2002 | by See all my reviews

Slow and very talky, but not however too bad.

The cover art promises salacious content which is not fulfilled, apart from one sensational image. A pornographic sketch of a man and woman about to have sex with enormous genitals.

On the plus side, the cinematography is impressive, the slow street parading of the high-class prostitutes particularly so.

Much too much screen time was spent with dialogue and minor dramatics about artistic tantrums and angst. This film could have been a lot more interesting, particularly given the outstanding talent on and off screen. Still, not too bad, if you get ready for a gentle pace before starting the movie.


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