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Jirokichi the Rat
(Oatsurae Jirokichi Kôshi)

by Daisuke ITO

  • Japon
  • 1931
  • Fiction
  • Noir & Blanc
  • 79′
  • Japonais
  • 35 mm
  • oatsurae_jirokichi_koji_2

Ito’s other paean to Edo-period populist malfeasance, Made to Order Cloth spins a fictional story of real-life thief and folk hero Jirokichi « rat boy » Nakamura. While attempting to elude the shogun’s goons, Jirokichi takes a riverboat to Osaka and meets a beautiful geisha and her dishonorable brother. Spectacularly dramatic swordfights––which still impress after 80 years––abound. Its elegant stylization is punctuated by its revolutionary combination of benshi narration and intertitles, written in a Kansai dialect. 

  • Titre françaisJirokichi the Rat
  • Original titleOatsurae Jirokichi Kôshi
  • ScénarioDaisuke Ito
  • Adaptationd'après le roman Eiji Yoshikawa
  • PhotoHiromitsu Karasawa
  • InterprétationDenjiro Okochi, Naoe Fushimi, Nobuko Fushimi, Minoru Takase, Reizaburo Yamamoto, Sakio Yamaguchi.
  • Directeur artistiqueDaisuke Ito

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