Cast & Crew
During the Tempo Reformation of 1842, which restricted the arts and pleasure-taking, Naojiro, an aspiring actor, falls in love with Michitose, a prostitute. At the same time Ushimatsu finds that his wife committed suicide after she sold their son to her lover, Goto, to pay her debts. Naojiro learns that he has a rival for Michitose in Seizo Moritaya, who hires killer Ichinojo Kaneko to eliminate Naojiro. Kaneko attacks a palanquin which he believes is carrying Naojiro, but the passenger is revealed to be Soshun Kochiyama, a samaritan who has befriended an actor fleeing from the police. Naojiro's mother refuses to allow him to marry a prostitute, and he throws her into a river, but Michitose rescues her. Moritaya attempts to win Michitose by insulting Naojiro and his mother, but the latter eavesdrops on the conversation. Naojiro joins a group paid to rescue a merchant's daughter, Namiji, from the court of Lord Izumonokami. Naojiro, disguised as a samurai, and Kochiyama, dressed as a priest, rescue Namiji, but Kochiyama is discovered and captured. Kaneko sets fire to police stations in protest of the Reformation, and Ushimatsu commits suicide.
Released in Japan in April 1970 as Buraikan.