The Japanese equivalent of penny dreadfuls glorifying Jesse James, A Diary of Chuji’s Travels gives a unique gloss to the tale of Chuji Kunisada, the legendary bakuto (or gambler, the precursors to modern-day yakuza).
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Hono-o no shiro / Castle of Flames (1960) Tai Katô, Hashizô Ôkawa, Denjirô Ôkôchi, Mieko Takamine, Drama
Sugata Sanshirô / Judo Saga (1943) Akira Kurosawa, Denjirô Ôkôchi, Susumu Fujita, Yukiko Todoroki, Action, Adventure, Drama
Sanshiro, a strong stubborn youth, comes to the city to apprentice at a jujitsu school. His first night, he sees Yano in action, a master of judo, a more spiritual art, and he begs to be Yano’s student. As the youth learns technique, he must also learn “satori,” the calm acceptance of Nature’s law. If he can balance strength and control, then judo may become the training regimen for the city’s police, Sanshiro can gain respect from an old teacher in a jujitsu school, and he can win the hand of Sayo, that teacher’s daughter, who is also sought by jujitsu’s finest master, the implacable Higaki, who vows to kill Sanshiro in a midnight fight on a windswept mountainside.
Ohara Shôsuke-san / Mr. Shosuke Ohara (1949) Hiroshi Shimizu, Koume Akasaka, Akiko Kazami, Denjirô Ôkôchi, Drama
Saheita, the final heir of a once rich and respectable family, can’t refuse the many villagers that come to him for favours and money, even though he is on the brink of bankruptcy. Around town he is better known by his nickname Mr. Shosuke Ohara.