Friday, March 4 at
Directed by Kihachi Okamoto
Starring Toshirō Mifune, Shima Iwashita
35mm print courtesy Japan Foundation. Approx. 115 min.
1868. Stuttering former “village idiot” Mifune returns to his hometown resplendent in a borrowed officer’s red lion headdress, to announce their liberation by advancing anti-shogunate imperialist forces — but there’s a sting in the tale as slapstick farce turns to something far more serious…