The Idle Vassal Tribute


Theater screening

11/1 13:30–

Online Screening



The three-hundredth film to feature Utaemon Ichikawa. The super all-star jidaigeki is back, now digitally remastered!

A summer all-star movie from the golden age of Japanese film. In this delightful installment, the beloved “idle vassal” Saotome Mondonosuke, played by Utaemon Ichikawa, ventures into the Date domain brimming with conspiracy. The artistic, “wearable cultural heritage”-level costumes, even more beautiful in this digitally remastered version, are created by Tadaoto Kainoshō who supported Kenji Mizoguchi with his historical research. Prepare to be awestruck by the power of film and film stars, shining ever so bright beyond the framework of the storyline.

Director Sadatsugu Matsuda

Actor Utaemon Ichikawa, Chiezo Kataoka, Kinnosuke Nakamura (Kinnosuke Yorozuya), Hiroko Sakuramachi, Shinobu Chihara, Ryunosuke Tsukigata, Ryutaro Otomo, Chiyonosuke Azuma

Japan| 1958| 108min| |

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Sadatsugu Matsuda [Film Director]

Matsuda was born in 1906 as a son of Makino Shozo often credited as the Father of Japanese cinema. He started his film career in image development departments of Makino Educational Films studio and Makino Kinema Toujiin studio, working his way up to cameraman, assistant director, and finally director. After working for companies such as Shinko Kinema and Nikkatsu, he became the post-war pillar for Toei jidaigeki, continuously releasing large-scale films. He directed his first CinemaScope film, Ōtorijō no Hanayome, in 1957. He also worked on all-star cast films during the golden age of cinema such as the Chūshingura films of 1956, 1959, and 1961. Estimated to have directed more than 200 films in his lifetime, Matsuda is a giant in the history of jidaigeki.


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