A highly enjoyable, comical take on the stereotypically somber samurai genre. A man gives away a crusty pot he inherited, but embarks on a madcap hunt to retrieve after discovering that it contains a treasure map.
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Absolutely fantastic stuff. This is a very certain mood change for Yamanaka, his other two surviving films are sombre and bleak but here he infuses the frame with more playful staging and characters creating a hugely entertaining and expertly crafted screwball comedy. 5/5
Yamanaka's simple shooting style, with beautiful frames one wants to linger over, dominate this hilarious tale of a pot that goes missing that has a map to buried treasure on it. As the characters in ever-increasing comical greed try and search for it, they dont realise that it is right under their hot noses and belongs to a child who keeps his goldfish in it. Scar-eyed, one armed Denjiro Okochi is magnificent.
Extremely funny, well-photographed and perceptive in its moral message, this is a delightful comedy about the search of a lottery ticket, where what turns out being more important is the way towards the target rather than the (monetary) reward itself. Beyond satirizing Japanese genre it is a great parable on 'debt', 'exchange-value', gender power games, childhood culminating in an Aristophanes-like moral resolution.