Gokenin Zankurō

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Gokenin Zankurō (御家人斬九郎) is a novel by Renzaburo Shibata. The protagonist of this jidaigeki is Matsudaira Zankurō, a low-ranking gokenin in the service of the Tokugawa shogunate. He lives with his mother Masajo in the shogunal capital of Edo. Other characters include his fiancee Matsudaira Sumi, old friend Nishio Denzaburō, and favorite geisha Otsuta.

From 1995 to 2002 Gokenin Zankurō was also a prime-time television series on the Fuji Television network in Japan. Ken Watanabe played the lead, with Kyōko Kishida as his mother and Mayumi Wakamura as the geisha (Tsutakichi in the series). Watanabe directed the final episode.

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