The only completely preserved silent film directed by Daisuke Ito, this film relates the life of a legendary thief, Jirokichi the Rat in an exquisite original story and through the revolutionary use of dynamic intertitles.
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A beautiful little tale. A fascinating Robin Hood-esque story that explores the unintended consequences of the thief's actions... It also touches on themes of exploitation of impoverished women, and corruption. Denjiro Okochi is fantastic as the flawed hero. The action sequences are filmed so impressively. I love its realism in an era where film most often strayed into the comic.