This uproarious rakugo (traditional “sit-down” comedy) co-written by Yuzo Kawashima, Shohei Imamura, and Keiichi Tanakat was rated by Kinema Junpo as the fifth-greatest Japanese film of all time. Socialite Saheji (comedian Frankie Sakai) runs up a bill at a brothel and is forced to remain there until he works off his debt. However, Saheji takes advantage of the confusion leading up to the Meiji restoration, turning a profit and seducing the brothel’s staff.

  • Yuzo Kawashima
  • 1957
  • Japan
  • Japanese with English subtitles
  • 35mm
  • 110 minutes