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Beautiful film, dim-witted commentary,
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This review is from: Humanity & Paper Balloons [DVD] (DVD)
This film is a superlative classic and well worth the space in anyone's film library. An exquisitely detailed story both humourous and heart-rending of the "little people" living in a city tenement under the social injustices of the feudal government in 18th century Japan, and an exposure of the hypocrisy and cruelty of the samurai class itself. Directed by the tragic hero of Japanese filmdom, Yamanaka Sadao, a unanimously acclaimed young genius who, for his left-wing activities in the 1930s, was drafted and sent off to China to die. Starring the marvelous Nakamura Kan'emon as the anti-hero Shinza, who flips the bird to the whole class system with courage & panache, with support by the Zenshinza Theatre acting ensemble. Warning: no sword-play!
Beware the booklet commentary by Tony Rayns, which contains gross historical error and should be burnt before reading. You have been warned.