Kōchiyama Sōshun (1936) IMDb

Extent

Seen in 2017.

Categorization

A jidaigeki comedy of manners, a Hara Setsuko romantic tragedy, a heist movie with a coming-of-age motif etc. until it finally culminates in an action set piece.

Commentary

The most magnetic scenes are the subtler ones, and they get a bit lost in the noise. The characters are excellently understated. Kawarasaki, in particular, nails it in the title role, a sombre trickster.

References here: Rebellion (1967).

Japanese production fiction moving picture