DORA-HEITA (Kon Ichikawa, 2000)

From Shugoro Yamamoto’s novel Diary of a Town Magistrate, Dora-Heita was written in the late 1960s by Kon Ichikawa, Akira Kurosawa, Masaki Kobayashi and Keisuke Kinoshita—four major Japanese filmmakers—as part of their dream of their independent production company. But funding wasn’t forthcoming for their samurai comedy, which loosely used Kurosawa’s Yojimbo (1961) as a model. […]