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.

By: TR


Release details

110 mins

Cast and crew

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