The Chrysanthemum and the Guillotine

Takahisa Zeze , 2018 (189m)

The Chrysanthemum and the Guillotine

It’s the early 1920s, and Japanese society is in turmoil in the wake of the Great Kanto Earthquake. An anarchist group named the Guillotine Society is working to take advantage of the situation by carrying out a series of assassinations - but not everything is going to plan. Amid their fumbled planning, they meet a travelling female sumo wrestling troupe. The fighters include newcomer Tomoyo, who’s fleeing from her abusive husband. Tomoyo and her fellow wrestler Tamae start spending more time with some of the anarchists - including charismatic leader Tetsu and nerdy Daijiro. The local authorities and vigilantes, however, are keeping a very watchful eye on both the sumo and Guillotine groups, and tensions soon boil over.


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