The Rabble

  • 1964
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

Ichikawa, the son of a poor farmer, must sell himself to a wealthy merchant as a servant because his father's farm has been overrun and pillaged by feudal warlords. He is given the duty of caring for the parrot of one of the merchant's granddaughters. The parrot belongs to Hoshi, a shy and unassuming girl. Her ebullient sister Ozora, however, is being courted...read more

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Ichikawa, the son of a poor farmer, must sell himself to a wealthy merchant as a servant because his father's farm has been overrun and pillaged by feudal warlords. He is given the duty of caring for the parrot of one of the merchant's granddaughters. The parrot belongs to Hoshi, a shy

and unassuming girl. Her ebullient sister Ozora, however, is being courted by both a samurai and a nobleman, and her grandfather arranges a cruise aboard his new ship with both the suitors as his guests. On board are both granddaughters and a full complement of servants, including Ichikawa. At

sea, the small troupe encounters a vicious storm and the ship sinks, leaving them stranded on a small island. The nobleman and samurai prove to be cowards, leaving Ishikawa to lead them to safety. Ozora suddenly finds this heretofore worthless servant interesting and tries to seduce him. Ichikawa

realizes that her attentions will wane once they get back to civilization (and besides, he's in love with her sister, Hoshi), so he ignores her advances. When help arrives, Ichikawa is left behind; the samurai tricks him, forcing the resourceful servant to make his way back to civilization alone.

He knows, though, that Hoshi will be waiting for him when he gets there. If the story sounds familiar, it's because the plot line is very close to that of James Barrie's play "The Admirable Crichton," released in movie form as PARADISE LAGOON (1957, British). Inagaki's film SAMURAI won an academy

award as Best Foreign Film in 1955.

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