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
One of the sweetest, most genial & light-hearted japanese films ever! A film that is woven like a tale from the Arabian Night, with its humour, eccentric characters, and beautifully twisted, unexpected ending. What a masterpice!
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.
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.
Japanese cinema has always been humanist, so this film was no surprise in that respect. However, it was its sense of humor and irony that really made it stand out as one of the strongest Japanese productions of the 30s. The characters are well-rounded and likable, from an orphan, to a strong Geisha and a one-eyed/one-armed Samurai.