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Directed byKon Ichikawa
Screenplay byKon Ichikawa
Akira Kurosawa
Keisuke Kinoshita
Masaki Kobayashi
Based onDora-heita
by Shūgorō Yamamoto
StarringKōji Yakusho
CinematographyYukio Isohata
Release date
  • 10 May 2000 (2000-05-10)
Running time
111 minutes

Dora-heita (どら平太, English: Alley Cat) is a 2000[1] Japanese film by Director Kon Ichikawa.[2] It was the 74th film made by Ichikawa.[3]


A new magistrate (played by Kōji Yakusho) in the town of Horisoto—widely reputed to be the most lawless township in Japan, uses guile and his opponents' own misperceptions and prejudices to defeat his enemies and uproot corruption.[4]



The film was planned and written by the Yonki-no-kai, a group of four of Japan's most notable directors: Kon Ichikawa, Masaki Kobayashi, Keisuke Kinoshita, and Akira Kurosawa in 1969.[8][9] Financial losses of a previous film in 1970 meant that funds were not available for filming Dora-heita.[10]

Many years later, after the deaths of the other three partners, Ichikawa was able to produce the film.[11][12] The film includes cinematography by Yukio Isohata and a musical score by Kensaku Tanikawa.[6]

The film was screened at the Berlin Film Festival in 2000[13] and the Japanese Film Festival. [14]


  1. ^ John Berra (2012). Directory of World Cinema: Japan 2. Intellect Books. pp. 146–. ISBN 978-1-84150-551-0.
  2. ^ Dora-Heita : DVD Talk Review of the DVD Video
  3. ^ John Pym (2010). Time Out Film Guide. Time Out Guides Limited. pp. 286–. ISBN 978-1-84670-208-2.
  4. ^ David Carter (4 November 2010). East Asian Cinema. Oldcastle Books, Limited. pp. 82–. ISBN 978-1-84243-380-5.
  5. ^ "Kon Ichikawa, Japanese Film Director, Dies at 92". New York Times
  6. ^ a b "Review: ‘Dora-Heita’". Variety.
  7. ^ 13 Assassins | East Bay Express
  8. ^ Stuart Galbraith IV (16 May 2008). The Toho Studios Story: A History and Complete Filmography. Scarecrow Press. pp. 415–. ISBN 978-1-4616-7374-3.
  9. ^ Mark Schilling (1999). Contemporary Japanese Film. Weatherhill. ISBN 978-0-8348-0415-9.
  10. ^ "Dora-Heeita - overview". New York Times.
  11. ^ "dora-heita". Coffee, coffee and more coffee. Retrieved 4 June 2012.
  12. ^ Midnight Eye review: Carmen Comes Home (Karumen Kyo ni Kaeru, 1951, Keisuke KINOSHITA)
  13. ^ Obituary: Kon Ichikawa | Film | The Guardian
  14. ^ Features - 10 movies lined up for Japanese Film Festival 2008

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