JIROCHO & KOTENGU: RAID ON KOSHU ROAD (Jirocho to Kotengu Nagurikomi Koshuji)
1962 – color – 86 minutes – Remastered Anamorphic Widescreen (16:9)
Starring: KITAOJI Kinya, NAKAMURA Kinnosuke
Directed by: MAKINO Masahiro
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In this tale of bravery and honor among the roving gamblers of old Japan, the heroic Jirocho, Boss of the Tokaido is called upon to help a young yakuza named Eijiro after he runs afoul of the new samurai officials who have taken over his hometown. Expertly portrayed by Kitaoji Kinya (son of the all-time great star Ichikawa Utaemon), this young man stands up for the townspeople and puts his life on the line. Jirocho, played by superstar Nakamura Kinnosuke, a boss known for his honorable demeanor, was a true historical person.