Athens International Film Festival

The Sun in the Last Days of the Shogunate

A young samurai determined to restore the glory days of the past. Two gorgeous geishas fighting to the death. An ambitious plan for a spectacular double suicide.

A young samurai determined to restore the glory days of the past. Two gorgeous geishas fighting to the death. An ambitious plan for a spectacular double suicide. A devious yet broke whorehouse regular, forced to join the staff in order to pay back his dues. Inspired by traditional comic narrative art Rakugo, little-known Japanese master Yuzo Kawashima (one of Akira Kurosawa’s favorites) gathers a multitude of eccentric characters under the same roof - which just so happens to belong to a 1862 Tokyo whorehouse – against the backdrop of the Meiji Restoration. With a large and exceptionally talented cast, handled with a masterful subtlety equal to Robert Altman’s, Kawashima unravels a tangled web of secrets and lies, love and scheming in a burlesque merry-go-round that was voted the fifth best Japanese movie of all time by legendary magazine Kinema Junpo. Th.P.

Original title: Bakumatsu Taiyôden

Σκηνοθεσία / Director: Yuzo Kawashima

Σενάριο / Screenwriter: Shôhei Imamura, Yuzo Kawashima, Keiichi Tanaka

Φωτογραφία / DoP: Kurataro Takamura

Μουσική / Music: Toshirô Mayuzumi

Ηθοποιοί / Principal Cast: Frankie Sakai, Sachiko Hidari, Yoko Minamida, Yujiro Ishihara

Ιαπωνία / Japan

1957

Ασπρόμαυρο / B&W

110'

Ιαπωνικά / Japanese

* Screened on September 21st and September 23rd



    Publication date: 2012-08-21 19:20:46

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