Sazen Tange and the Pot Worth a Million Ryo
Comedy, drama, historical, by Sadao Yamanaka, Japan, 1935.
A man gives an old cooking pot to his brother, not realizing that there is a treasure map inside. His sister-in-law sells the pot to a junk dealer, who in turn sells it to a boy named Yasu. A colorful cast of characters are looking for this vase, and when the boy runs away after being scolded by Ogino, everyone chases after him.
There are only three surviving works directed in the short but very rich artistic life by Sadao Yamanaka, who died not even thirty years old in Manchuria in 1938. Among these is The Million Ryo Pot, where the young directorial talent confronts an iconic character of the jidaigeki, Tange Sazen, a one-eyed and one-armed swordsman. In taking an apparently canonical story head-on, Yamanaka opts for a completely personal look, both in the use of parody and in the staging in which long shots and the fixed camera reign in spite of the close-ups that usually crowded the films of the saga. Japanese director Akira Kurosawa cited this film as one of his 100 favorite films. Many Japanese critics and directors consider it the best Japanese film of all time.
LANGUAGE: Japanese language
SUBTITLES: English, Spanish, French, German, Portuguese