SUN IN THE LAST DAYS OF THE SHOGUNATE
Tuesday, November 5
幕末太陽傳 (Bakumatsu taiyôden)
Director Yûzô Kawashima
Cast Furankî Sakai, Sachiko Hidari, Yôko Minamida, Yûjirô Ishihara
Screenplay Hisashi Yamanouchi, Yûzô Kawashima, Shôhei Imamura | Cinematography Kuratarô Takamura
1957 | Japan | DCP | approx. 110 min. | In Japanese with English subtitles
Con-man/grifter Furankî Sakai ends up as the fixer in a busy 1860s brothel; a prostitute sees love suicide as a way to clear her debts; another who finds she’s engaged to both a father and a son; plus a real-life anti-shogunate super-patriot played by eventual superstar Yûjirô Ishihara. Ranked 5th in Kinema Junpo’s 1999 ranking of Japan’s greatest.
SUN IN THE LAST DAYS OF THE SHOGUNATE © 1957 NIKKATSU Corporation.