A feudal tragedy with the prestige of a classic, wholly depicting dramatic and social issues.
|Cast||Chiezo Kataoka, Teruo Shimada, Daisuke Kato|
Sakawa Kojuro (Teruo Shimada), his spear carrier Genpachi (Chiezo Kataoka) and servant Genta (Daisuke Kato) are travelling the Tokaido towards Edo. Kojuro is a kind-heated lord, but unfortunately loves to drink and is a frenzy when drunk. Genpachi is anxious, as Genta is also a drinker.
The first film to be created post-war in 13 years by Tomu Uchida, a regular in Kinema Junpo's top ten, who lead the Japanese cinema with realism. His cuts have a pleasant tempo reminiscent of silent films. Indulge in his lure, foreshadowing commotion and depth in the details of the first half, with the casually portrayed journey through Tokaido.
Born in 1898. Beginning with Thomas Kurihara's silent film that aimed to put a stop to films that casted onnagata (men acting women), Uchida gained recognition as director through his fresh comedy and action films in Makino and Nikkatsu, to be regularly listed best ten in Kinema Junpo by the late 1930's with "Theatre of Life" (1936), "Unending Advance" (1937), and "Earth" (1939). He worked with the Manchukuo Film Association during World War II, and was then held prisoner for seven years in China before returning to Japan. Gaining the aid of same-aged Kenji Mizoguchi and Daisuke Ito, he restarts production post-war with "A Bloody Spear at Mt. Fuji" (1955), exploring storytelling and characterisation in period films through the trilogy "Daibosatsu Pass" (1957-1959) and pentalogy "Miyamoto Musashi" (1961-65), and "Tale of a Mystical Sword" (1960) and "The Mad Fox" (1962) that borrow from classics. The modern suspense film "Straits of Hunger" (1965) shows a more social approach. His filmography is rich in variety with the topics he covers, from ethnic conflict to economy, and his talent in characterisation and depicting shadows. Even being praised as a master, his unchanging attitude, cherishing curiosity and challenging new techniques and methods, has inspired many colleagues.