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『The Samurai Vagabonds』

Slapstick by Kinnosuke, Katsuo and Hibari in their peak. A versitility and fast story that surpasses Howard Hawks.

コメディ/Comedy
35mm
ENGLISH
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『The Samurai Vagabonds』

(C)東映
Schedule
11/1[thu] 18:30-

Talk: Milkman Saito〔Film Critic〕

Data
DirectorTadashi Sawashima
CastKinnosuke Nakamura, Katsuo Nakamura, Hibari Misora, Denjiro Okochi
CountryJapan
Year1960
Time79min
LanguageJapanese
SubtitlesEnglish
DistributionToei
Story

Munenaga Owari (Kinnosuke Nakamura) and Yoshinao Kii (Katsuo Nakamura) who were chosen as candidates to be the next shogun have no interest in boring lord-business. The heads of each of the two's clans, as they keep trying to escape, tie the two to a palanquin to carry them to Edo. A journalist looking for some gossip of the next shogun comes to their dormitory causing havoc. The two, managing to get away, incidentally begin working for the papers run by Okimi (Hibari Misora). Not only do councillors against the two get involved as well as Kii and Owari, but Okimi's unpredictable father (Denjiro Okochi) makes a big show.

Highlight

The Kinnosuke and Katsuo brothers' version of "Roman Holiday". Third of the trilogy, Hibari Misora plays the role of a journalist on the hunt for scoops. It must be Sawashima's preference to emphasise slapstick over romantic comedy. Eliminating the would-be boring development of selecting the next shougun as much as possible, this is a must see Sawashima film that thoroughly continues to provide new ideas.

Directors info
Tadashi Sawashima

Joined Toyoko Film (predecessor of Toei Studio) in 1950 and worked as assistant director by Masahiro Makino, Kunio Watanabe and Sadatsugu Matsuda. Made his debut as director in 1957 with "Torakawamaru the Koga Ninja". He then led the golden age of Toei period films with a rapid pace making four to five films a year. His eventful stories, told babbling on in modern language, and introduction of musical, comedy and suspense, overwhelmed pre-Sawashima period films with velocity. Drawing out the best from Hibari Misora and Kinnosuke Nakamura, he was an entertainment director who represented the luxurious quality of the Japanese cinema golden age. This is a significant screening that questions the world about period films which covers a great range of genres. He passed away on 27th January 2018 at 91 years old. He never gave up on creating a new film to the very end.

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