Sanchu Uprising: Voices At Dawn
Juichiro Yamasaki, 2014 (117m)
Jihei is a farmer living with his wife in Sanchu, Okayama Prefecture during the early 18th century. The local farmers are negotiating with the local authorities to gain more favourable tax rates. When the discussions don’t go according to plan, the peasants revolt against their wealthy lords, with timid Jihei attempting to observe events from the sidelines. The uprising proves to have major ramifications for everybody involved - not least Jihei. An intelligent and complex film, Sanchu Uprising is a must see for anybody interested in modern Japanese filmmaking at its best.