- Release Date
- September, 23rd, 1958
- Running Time
- 94 min
- Screening Format
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[ Story ]
The humorous tale of Jimbei, a miller, and his wife Osen who live in complete happiness. But Osen's beauty attracts numerous would-be lovers among whom is the local governor, a timid creature, who is dominated by his high-born and beautiful wife, who dresses in a scarlet battle-tunic, a sign of his family's military merit around which he fabricates fantastic tales of his prowess in war.
During the traditional festival when the villagers are released from observance of all social customs and restrictions, it is permissible for any man to attempt win the favors of the one he loves. However, the timid but romantic governor goes to the length of having the miller arrested to clear the way for his seduction of Osen.
But Osen fights off his advances with an old hunting gun and dashes out of the mill. Jimbei, meanwhile, has escaped from jail and dashes home to finds the governor in his bed. Convinced that his wife has been violated, he decides to take an eye for an eye.
Donning the scarlet tunic which the governor has left to dry, Jimbei easily enters the governor's mansion but is unable to force himself to carry out his final move. In the meantime, the governor finds that Jimbei has escaped with his scarlet tunic and suspects what is about to happen and hurries home only to be branded an imposter and arrested by his own men.
Subsequently a court trial is held and Jimbei, playing his part as the governor, pronounces sentence on the accused which the governor's lady has urged him to do in order to cure her husband of his lecherous habits.
【Quoted from Unijapan Film Quarterly 1959 2.1】
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