The gentleman thief Jirokichi's intention was to help others, but with unexpected victims; Daisuke Ito's art of defeat
|Cast||Kazuo Hasegawa, Mieko Takamine, Keiko Kishi, Eitaro Shindo|
On a ship heading north, Jirokichi the Rat helps a woman who had been robbed. Her name is Osen, and she was about to be sold off because of her villain brother, Nikichi. Arriving in Osaka, Jirokichi encounters Okino, the daughter of a poor merchant, at Nikichi’s store. Her father used to be a warehouse keeper in Edo, but lost his job when Jirokichi got in to steal, and now his daughter was looking after his weary self. Nikichi takes advantage of Okino, working earnestly to pay debts, and tells her to become his mistress. Jirokichi dearly wants to save Osen and Okino...
(Film Director, 1898-1981) Born in Uwajima, Ehime. 1920, apprenticed to Kaoru Osanai, Ito follows him to open an acting school in Shochiku Kinema, and writes the scenario for Shochiku Kinema’s first production “Shinsei”. 1924, he debuts as director with “Shuchu Nikki” from Teikoku Kinema. He goes independent for a while but fails, and moves to Nikkatsu. Recruiting Denjiro Ōkōchi from the Daini Shinkokugeki theatre group, he makes a monumental accomplishment in entertainment jidaigeki, sublimating themes such as sentiment, despair, emptiness and resistance, with action in “Chokon” (’26), the "A Diary of Chuji’s Travels" trilogy (’27), “Kobo Shinsengumi” (’30), and “Jirokichi kōshi” (’32). He then moves Kyoto to produce refined entertainment jidaigeki such as “Ōsho” (’48), “Ōedo Gonin Otoko” (’51) and “Hangyakuji” (’61).