|LIFE OF A HORSE TRADER|
(Baruto no Ichidai)
Director: KIMURA Keigo
Cast: MIFUNE Toshiro, KYO Machiko, SHIMURA Takashi
This early gem starring the great Mifune Toshiro tells the tale of Katayama Yonetaro, aka ”The Shark,” a rough and tumble horse trader in Japan’s rugges northernmost territory of Hokkaido.
Always ready to drink, fight, gamble, and chase women he falls victim to a crooked game with loaded dice. As he and his fellow gamblers break into a free-for-all, they are interrupted by
the news that his wife has taken ill and may be dying at that moment. This little-known film captures the wild ways of early Japan after the fall of the shogunate when man had only their
own strength and skills to rely on. A brilliant, yet tragic tale that can now be told!
1951 BLK/WHT Academy Standard (4:3) 113 Mins.
Japanese with Optional English Subtitles.