Gonza the Spearman

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Gonza the Spearman

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Gonza the Spearman

Release Date: January 15, 1986

Year    :   1986
Slogan    :   «Straight to ruin! Victims of the law that binds them.»
Genres    :   Drama
Production Companies    :   hyogensha, Shochiku
Director    :   Masahiro Shinoda
Producers    :   Masayuki Motomochi, Masatake Wakita, Kiyoshi Nonomura
Writers    :   Monzaemon Chikamatsu, Taeko Tomioka
RunTime    :   126 mins.

The tragic story of Gonza, a handsome ladies man, set in the Tokagawa Period, a time in which appearences are very important. Gonza competes with Bannojō for the honor to perform the tea ceremony to celebrate the birth of an heir to the lord of their clan. To see the sacred tea scrolls Gonza promises to marry the daughter of the family which possesses them, even though he is unofficially engaged to another. When studying the scrolls with Osai, the mother of the house, Bannojō sneaks into the house and steals their obis and runs through the town proclaiming the two as adulterers.

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