Chuji Kunisada, a farmer turned gambler and outlaw, is a legendary romantic hero of the late Edo period. Ito’s version of his story made Denjiro Okochi one of the immortal jidai- geki stars. Diary of Chuji’s Travels is a masterpiece because of Ito’s brilliant handling of violence, his startling camerawork, and his total spiritual and emotional commitment to the passionate character and tragic predicament of his hero. Originally released in three feature-length parts, the film was believed lost until 1991, when a re-edition of scenes from the second and third part of the trilogy were discovered.
Director: Daisuke Itō.
Writer: Daisuke Itô (screenplay), Daisuke Itô (story).
Stars: Denjirō Ōkōchi, Naoe Fushimi, Ranko Sawa, Hideo Nakamura, Kichiji Nakamura, Motoharu Isokawa, Yujirō Asahina, Seinosuke Sakamoto, Kajō Onoe. AKA Diary of Chuji’s Travels