Daisuke Itô

  • Daisuke Itô – Oatsurae Jirôkichi kôshi AKA Jirokichi the Rat (1931)

    The only completely preserved silent film directed by Daisuke Ito, this film relates the life of a legendary thief, Jirokichi the Rat in an exquisite original story and through the revolutionary use of dynamic intertitles. The skillful benshi narration featuring a mixture of Edo dialect and Kansai dialect is highly entertaining.Read More »

  • Daisuke Itô – Oedo gonin otoko AKA Five Men of Edo (1951)

    During the 17th Century bands of hatamoto, samurai vassals of the Tokugawa shogunate, were causing havoc in the new capital city of Edo. Opposing them was Banzui-in Chobei, whose sole aim was to save Edo from the hatamoto as their violent behavior threatened to pull apart the very fabric of society.Read More »

  • Daisuke Itô – Chokon [Incomplete] (1926)

    Chokon depicts the tragic lives of two brothers in the late Edo period; the title is a word borrowed from the Chinese, meaning “the grudge that one cannot forget.”

    Only the last reel of this feature survives, but even a fragment vividly demonstrates Daisuke Ito’s visual style.Read More »

  • Daisuke Itô – Hangyakuji AKA The Conspirator (1961)

    Synopsis:
    During an era of civil wars, in the 7th year of Tenso, Yoshimoto Imagawa was overthrown by Oda Nobunaga with the help of Ieyasu Tokugawa. Ieyasu’s wife, Lady Tsukiyama, was of the ruined Imagawa clan. She was basically abandoned by Ieyasu lest his fealty with Oda Nobunaga be doubted. Ieyasu’s son, half Tokugawa & half Imagawa, was married to Oda’s first daughter Tokumine Gozen, to further assure Oda that there would be no attempt at revenge over the downfall of the Imagawa clan. Read More »

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