Directed by Kon Ichikawa
Viewed at the San Francisco International Film Festival
Thats gotta hurt
What we have here is an epic samurai situation! Koheita Mochizuki (Koji Yakusho: Shall We Dance) is rumored to be a hard drinking, womanizing magistrate (with the nickname Dora Heita-- alley cat) is sent by his Lord to clean up the corruption in Horisoto. He plays his hand slyly as he works his way into the confidence of the bosses and their henchmen, trusting no one, he doesnt miss a trick. The screenplay was originally written by the "Four Knights" (Akira Kurosawa, Masaki Kobayashi, Keisuke Kinoshita and Kon Ishikawa) in 1969. Thirty years later its Ishikawa (the last of the Four Knights) who puts it to film.
Reviewed by Eric Michel, FilmCities