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The Scandalous Adventures of Buraikan (1970)

Buraikan (original title)
An outlaw pushes the residents of Edo's red light district to rebel against a growing number of stifling, moralistic laws.


Masahiro Shinoda


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tatsuya Nakadai ... Naojiro Kataoka
Shima Iwashita ... Michitose
Shôichi Ozawa Shôichi Ozawa ... Ushimatsu
Fumio Watanabe ... Moritaya Seizo
Masakane Yonekura Masakane Yonekura ... Kaneko Ichinojo
Kei Yamamoto Kei Yamamoto
Gorô Tarumi Gorô Tarumi
Atsuo Nakamura Atsuo Nakamura
Jun Hamamura ... Kanoke-boshi
Kamatari Fujiwara
Yukio Ninagawa Yukio Ninagawa
Emiko Azuma Emiko Azuma
Takashi Ebata Takashi Ebata
Akiyoshi Kasuga Akiyoshi Kasuga
Katsuhiro Oida Katsuhiro Oida
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An outlaw pushes the residents of Edo's red light district to rebel against a growing number of stifling, moralistic laws.

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Official submission of Japan for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 43rd Academy Awards in 1971. See more »

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Wonderful witty, interesting, dark, colorful Period Drama
17 July 2005 | by djhregSee all my reviews

Nominally this movie fits into the "Jidaigeki" (Period Drama) genre. However, this movie is much more interesting with funny, complex characters. Tamba Testsuro (the head of Japanese secret service in "You Only Live Twice") is outstanding is the "lone wolf" Buraikan - a kind of good-hearted, if ruthless and highly clever monk. Nakadai Tatsuyo is also funny, eerie and compelling as the handsome, never-do-well, lazy fortune teller.

The story is set during the "Tempo Reform" period of Mizuno Tadakuni (1793-1851). Lord Mizuno was an extreme moralist and tried to outlaw more or less anything pleasurable. His reasoning was that things like staged plays, posters of actors, popular novels, expensive meals, cakes, dolls, paintings, etc... were wastes of the country's resources and contributed to the decline of the national moral fiber. Not a very fun-loving guy.

The story in the movie concerns several characters living in an entertainment area (probably Asakusa or Yoshiwara) who become involved with a band of rebellious underground actors.

The movie has everything: multiple, well-developed, interleaved story lines. Well developed individual characters. Some eroticism, a lot of traditional art, many funny sequences, suspense, action.

This is an excellent movie, especially for lovers of Japanese history and art.

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Release Date:

November 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Outlaws See more »

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Production Co:

Ninjin Club, Toho Company See more »
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Color (Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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