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Time Out says

Ichikawa's 74th film was planned 30 years earlier as a collective project for Yonki-no-Kai, the partnership of four veterans led by Kurosawa. But Dodes'kaden bankrupted the company and the script was forgotten until Ichikawa dusted it off as a vehicle for Yakusho. 'Dora-Heita' is the louche nickname of Koheita Mochizuki, a magistrate sent to clean up the small fief which contains the Horisoto enclave, a hotbed of prostitution, gambling and smuggling. He poses as dissolute to disarm the crimelords and their allies in local government, then pounces. But he still has a clinging geisha and a traitorous 'friend' to deal with. Less an exercise in nostalgia than a film with the authentic charm, humour and excitement of the likes of Yojimbo.
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Release Details

  • Duration:110 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Kon Ichikawa
  • Screenwriter:Akira Kurosawa, Keisuke Kinoshita, Kon Ichikawa, Masaki Kobayashi
  • Cast:
    • Koji Yakusho
    • Yuko Asano
    • Bunta Sugawara
    • Ryudo Uzaki
    • Tsurutaro Kataoka
    • Saburo Ishikura
    • Renji Ishibashi
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