DOJO YABURI 1964
SAMURAI FROM NOWHERE - B&W - 93 minutes - from "Ame Agaru" (written by Yamamoto Shugoro), the same novel that gave birth to AFTER THE RAIN, comes one of the greatest Samurai films of all time. Misawa Ihei and Oba Gunjuro are two wandering ronin who make their livings by "Dojo Yaburi" (literally Martial Arts School Breaking), where they challenge and defeat the master of a dojo so they can extort money for not telling anyone what they did. Ihei is traveling with his wife Tae who abhors his practice of sword fighting for prize money, she’s the daughter of the clan's chief counselor who married the low-ranking Ihei to avoid becoming the clan lord's mistress. Into the mix appears Gunjuro, a mysterious ronin who will do anything for money. This all leads to a fitting climax as the forces of hate and love converge.