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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ken Ogata Ken Ogata ... Iheiji Muraoka
Mitsuko Baishô Mitsuko Baishô ... Shiho
Chun-Hsiung Ko ... Wang
Norihei Miki ... Asanaga
Hiroyuki Konishi Hiroyuki Konishi ... Uehara
Sanshô Shinsui Sanshô Shinsui ... Chota
Tetta Sugimoto Tetta Sugimoto ... Genkichi
Taiji Tonoyama ... Shimada
Leonard Kuma Leonard Kuma ... Shop owner
Fujio Tokita Fujio Tokita ... Nishiyama
Minori Terada Minori Terada ... Hisamitsu
Chôichirô Kawarasaki Chôichirô Kawarasaki ... Kunikura
Mami Kumagaya Mami Kumagaya ... Kino
Shino Ikenami Shino Ikenami ... Tome
Maiko Kazama Maiko Kazama
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Japanese

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5 September 1987 (Japan) See more »

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Il mezzano See more »

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Official submission of Japan for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 60th Academy Awards in 1988. See more »

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Black comedy/satire about Japan and cultural imperialism.
8 July 1999 | by Carl-17See all my reviews

This movie is black satire of Japanese imperial ambitions in the 20th century. In Meiji era Japan (1868-1910), the Japanese state sought to establish itself as an empire as a way to both catch up to and remain free from the West. These activities also lay the foundation for the disasters to come mid-century. This movie satirizes those efforts from a mid-1980s perspective, giving it an obvious subtext of being a commentary on the efforts of late 20th century Japanese businessmen abroad as well. The "hero" is a businessman who, realizing that the Japanese armed forces will likely soon be advancing across Asia, decides that they will require brothels wherever they go as well and so sets up shop in Southeast Asia. A very black comedy from one of Japan's finest film satirists (cf. "Pigs and Battleships," "The Pornographers") best known abroad ca. 1999 for "The Eel" and "Black Rain" (the film based on the novel about Hiroshima, not the Michael Douglas flick).


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