Sun in the Last Days of the Shogunate
Director: Kawashima Yuzo
Script: Imamura Shohei, Kawashima Yuzo, Yamanouchi Hisashi (under his pseudonym Tanaka Keiichi)
Cinematographer: Takamura Kurataro
Editing: Nakamura Tadashi
Art Setting: Chiba Kazuhiko, Nakamura Kimihiko
Music: Mayuzumi Toshiro
Cast: Hidari Sachiko, Frankie Sakai, Minamida Yoko, Ishihara Yujiro, Kaneko Nobuo
DCP, B & W, 110 mn
O.V. Japanese with French Subtitles
Part of Japonism 2018
1862, a whorehouse set towards the end of Edo period. Saheiji, a penniless artist is tricked by the owner and is forced to stay to repay his debt. Stuck between prostitutes, merchants, samurais, notables and political agitators, the witty free actor becomes an observer of the last few years of the shogun's rule.
Famous for having been co-written by Imamura Shohei, who did his very own version 30 years later under the name Eijanaika, Sun in the Last Days of the Shogunate was also voted the fifth best national feature ever by Japanese critics.