Dora heita

どら平太 [videorecording] - Dora heita

DVD - 2007 | Japanese
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Koheita is a samurai with a reputation for debauchery, so his appointment as magistrate of the most corrupt township in Japan raises a few eyebrows on both sides of the law...but is everything as it seems?
Publisher: Wilmington, NC : AnimEigo, 2007
ISBN: 9781565674844
Branch Call Number: DVD ADULT
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (113 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors (Original Script): 日活株式会社


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Mar 31, 2017

te·di·ous - you know the story - lone wolf/cool guy samurai sets the world straight - not impressed - even though it is beautifully filmed - with handsome characters - it's like watching "The Rock" in action - in Japanese!

May 12, 2013

This is a 113-minute period dram directed by Kon Ichikawa (市川崑) and released in 2000. The screenplay of this superb film was written by the legendary four Japanese directors: Akira Kurosawa (黒澤明), Keisuke Kinoshita (木下惠介), Masaki Kobayashi (小林正樹), and Kon Ichikawa (市川崑). It was based on "Magistrate Diary (町奉行日記)" witten by Shūgorō Yamamoto (山本周五郎). Knowing that his reputation was at stake following the much publicised Tora! Tora! Tora! debacle, Kurosawa moved quickly to a new project to prove he was still viable. To his aid came the above four directors who together with Kurosawa established in July 1969 a production company called the Club of the Four Knights (四騎の会). Although the plan was for the four directors to create a film each, it has been suggested that the real motivation for the other three directors was to make it easier for Kurosawa to successfully complete a film, and therefore find his way back into the business. The first project proposed and worked on was a period film to be called "Dora-Heita," but when this was deemed too expensive, attention shifted to "Dodesukaden (どですかでん)", an adaptation of yet another Shūgorō Yamamoto work. Unfortunately, it was commercially unsuccessful. The picture lost money and caused the Club of the Four Knights to dissolve. Unable to secure funding for further work and allegedly suffering from health problems, Kurosawa apparently reached the breaking point. On December 22, 1971, he slit his wrists and throat multiple times. The suicide attempt proved unsuccessful and the director's health recovered fairly quickly, with Kurosawa now taking refuge in domestic life, uncertain if he would ever direct another film. Now, Kon Ichikawa (市川崑), the last surviving Knight, has brought their long-lost samurai classic to the screen as a tribute to his fallen comrades! This is one of the best Japanese period films. You wouldn't be disappointed !

Feb 04, 2013

A samurai movie with only one bloodless swordfight, very little action and some humor? No wonder it wasn't a commercial success. However, what you do have is a very good crime drama set in feudal Japan with great characters and cinematography.


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