aka The Broken Commandment
Director: Kon Ichikawa
Starring: Raizo Ichikawa, Rentaro Mikuni, Hiroyuki Nagato, Shiho Fujimura
Kon Ichikawa's Hakai (The Broken Commandment) began in 1961 as a televised dramatisation of Toson Shimazaki's novel of the same title first published in 1906. Toson's pioneering work of social realism created a sensationon television, so the director collaborated again with his wife and scenarist, Natto Wada on the film the following year. It, too, was a great success. The prestigious film journal Kinema Junpo ranked it as the fifth best film of 1962.
Ushimatsu (Rentaro Mikuni) is a member of the burakumin caste, a Japanese minority descended from the outcast communities of the feudal era. Discrimination against the burakumin has been officially outlawed, although it is still the de facto way of life in early 20th century Japan. Disguising his background, Ushimatsu is able to attend university and eventually become a schoolteacher himself, but after a friend is murdered, he must risk everything to seek justice.
1962 BLK/WHT Anamorphic Widescreen 118 Min
Japanese with Optional English Subtitles.