Sun in the Last Days of the Shogunate

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Sun in the Last Days of the Shogunate

(Bakumatsu taiyôden)

by Yozu Kawashima

Japan

 

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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

Production: Nikkatsu

Year: 1957

Screening: 2019

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.

 
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