NYFF Velvet Bullets and Steel Kisses: Celebrating the Nikkatsu Centennial

Sun in the Last Days of the Shogunate aka Shinagawa Path

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Sun in the Last Days of the Shogunate aka Shinagawa Path
Bakumatsu taiyoden | Yuzo Kawashima, 1957
Japan | Japanese with English subtitles | Format: 35mm | 110 minutes

This uproarious rakugo (traditional “sit-down” comedy) co-written by Yuzo Kawashima, Shohei Imamura, and Keiichi Tanakat was rated by Kinema Junpo as the fifth-greatest Japanese film of all time. Socialite Saheji (comedian Frankie Sakai) runs up a bill at a brothel and is forced to remain there until he works off his debt. However, Saheji takes advantage of the confusion leading up to the Meiji restoration, turning a profit and seducing the brothel’s staff.

Series: NYFF Velvet Bullets and Steel Kisses: Celebrating the Nikkatsu Centennial

Venue: New York Film Festival

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