Okoma: The Orphan Gambler (1971)
Taking place in Shinshu in the 1920s, Tsumakoi Okoma, while traveling to hone her gambling skills, teams up with the vagabond Tsukuba Tsuneji and comes into conflict with gamblers plotting to take over a rustic hot-spring town. Handling a gun and sword as skillfully as a man, Fuji Junko portrays an appealing personality that differs from Oryu in the Red Peony Gambler series. Tsuruta Koji stars as the vagabond Tsukuba Tsuneji that tops the list of an impressive all-star cast that includes Endo Tatsuo, Kogure Michiyo, Ashiya Gannosuke, Kitamura Eizo, and many others. This film is an authentic yakuza movie that conveys the true “Matatabi” (wandering gambler) feeling.
Director: Shigehiro Ozawa
Cast: Akira Shioji, Eizô Kitamura, Gannosuke Ashiya, Kôji Tsuruta, Michiyo Kogure, Minoru Shiraki, Shizue Natsukawa, Sumiko Fuji, Takuzô Kawatani, Tatsuo Endô
Duration: 90 min