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Koheita (Koji Yakusho) is a samurai with such a reputation for debauchery that his nickname is "Dora-Heita" (Alley Cat), so his appointment as magistrate of the most corrupt township in all of Japan raises a few eyebrows on both sides of the law... But little does everyone know that it's all a carefully constructed front to outwit the criminals and outfight the righteous samurai who think he's too disgraceful to live!
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Presented in Anamorphic Widescreen
Subtitled in English
Bonus Material Includes:
Original Theatrical Trailers
Top Customer Reviews
Director Kon Ichikawa did this film out of respect to his now deceased fellow comrades, and we are fortunate enough to have had him behind the lens. The films narrative centers on a regional district in Japan called Horisoto. This is a lawless town, and the Lord of this regional district has named a new Magistrate to see to it that the town is cleaned up. This falls on the shoulders of a samurai named Koheita Mochizuki (Koji Yakusho). Three previous magistrates of the town have disappeared, and it appears nothing can tame this district. That is until Mochizuki comes to town. Mochizuki is given the nickname of Dora-Heita, or 'alley cat' [which means 'playboy'] by the local officials and townsfolk, who believe that he is a debauched character. Yet, this is what Mochizuki wants everyone to think.Read more ›
It wasn't until after the deaths of all three of his co-writers that Ichikawa finally found a way to get the production financed, and it's a good thing that he did because Dora-Heita is one fun Samurai movie! Sure, it may not be up to the level of Seven Samurai, Yojimbo, Sanjuro, or Samurai Rebellion, but it is still an above average Samurai movie with a good script (not as good as what these four legends did previously, but still a good script), and some nice twists and turns.
The performances in the movie are all good, and Koji Yakusho gives a fine performance as "Dora Heita." Could Toshiro Mifune have done a better job with the role back in 1970? Probably, but the movie wasn't made then, and Yakusho did a good job of making the character come to life.
The DVD from AnimEigo is excellent. The anamorphic widescreen picture is crisp, clean, and sharp. The subtitles, as with most AnimEigo releases, are second to none. Good translations, different colors for different characters during conversations, and not only are the signs and books translated, but terms unique to Japan are noted at the top of the screen.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very interesting story line by line. I really enjoyed this DVD , Thank you Amazon.Published 9 months ago by Rickey
Dora-Heita was entertaining in the fact that it had action, good story, and humor - different from most samurai movies and the actor was superb!Published on December 3, 2011 by Lorraine Komatsubara
Very much in the tradition of Kurosawa's Sanjuro and Yojimbo, beautifully photographed and paced. The screen format is however 1:33:1,not to 1.85:1 as indicated on the packaging. Read morePublished on November 17, 2009 by Ronald D. Keillor