Asakusa Kid (2002)

Run Time - 111 min.  |   Countries - Japan  |  
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Directed by Makoto Shinozaki, Asakusa Kid follows a fictional episode in the little known area of old fashioned Japanese vaudeville. When a college-age drifter lands at the door of a burlesque comedy troupe, he aspires to rise through the ranks of the business. He finds, however, that it isn't as easy as he thought. The small club is ruled with an iron fist by its stone-faced owner, who is not exactly patient with the eager young recruit at his feet. Asakusa Kid is based on a book written by Takeshi Kitano, and features Hakase Suidobashe, Sujitarou Tamabukuro, Saburou Ishikura, Kanako Fukaura, and Harumi Inoue.