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  1. Brotherdeacon's rating of the film The Sun Legend of the End of the Tokugawa Era

    3 and a half double-crosses--no that doesn't make 7 crosses. Funny, well-directed tale of period drama in a geisha house (okiya).

  2. marco's rating of the film The Sun Legend of the End of the Tokugawa Era

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  3. Howard Orr's rating of the film The Sun Legend of the End of the Tokugawa Era

    Although far lighter in tone, in its anti-establishment spirit, deft changes in tone and skilful use of an ensemble cast, it is in many ways a sister-film to Sadao Yamanaka's pre-war masterpiece "Humanity & Paper Balloons". It is the Ukiyo put into sound and movement, and like its main character the Grifter, takes delight in making fun from the passing commotion.

  4. Frank's rating of the film The Sun Legend of the End of the Tokugawa Era

    No film better portrays the decline of late Edo society and the death of the samurai than this one. Kawashima's film shows us how the poverty-struck samurai exploit their hereditary position in society while rest suffers. Then the modern, educated man comes and liberates people form the samurai. Even the loyalists serve as a mere side-plot in his film, which makes this film better than all other Bakumatsu jidai-geki.

  5. Iain Stott's rating of the film The Sun Legend of the End of the Tokugawa Era

    Defeated by the weight of expectation. It was hugely enjoyable, and I'll no doubt revisit it in the future, but I was expecting more.

  6. Kenji's rating of the film The Sun Legend of the End of the Tokugawa Era

    Maestro magician, prestidigitator of panache, Kawashima conjures a freewheeling farce of felicitous finesse in a bawdy bordello. Wiith lustrous lighting, consummate choreography and composition, 'tis a coruscating concoction of concuspicent cavortings, pissing and politicking in turbulent times- and for our company a cast of cute combative courtesans, seditious scheming samurai and a jovial japing drifter-grifter.