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The Gambling Monk

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The Gambling Monk

Release Date: October 13, 1963

Year    :   1963
Slogan    :   «Go to the bicycle race between your sutras! Staring at the ticket, Namu Amida Butsu!»
Genres    :   Comedy
Production Companies    :   Nikkatsu Corporation
Director    :   Shōgorō Nishimura
Producers    :   Kinichi Kamei
Writers    :   Shôhei Imamura, Daikichi Terauchi, Nobuyuki Onishi
RunTime    :   99 mins.

One summer day, the chief monk of the Hojuin Temple dies. Harumichi rushes back to town hearing about his brother's death and requests for a grand funeral. He had been unwilling to take over the family business and had chosen a life as a middle school teacher far away from home, but considering the circumstances, he changes his mind. As the new chief of Hojuin, Harumichi scrambles around day after day for donations. He has kept strictly to the straight and narrow, until he passes a bicycle race track where the sounds of cheering fans induce him into a new way of life...

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