Yaji and Kita: The Midnight Pilgrims

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Yaji and Kita: The Midnight Pilgrims
Directed by Kankuro Kudo
Produced by Mitsuru Uda
Yoshinori Fujita
Written by Kotobuki Shiriagari (original story)
Kankuro Kudo (screenplay)
Starring Tomoya Nagase
Shichinosuke Nakamura
Eiko Koike
Riki Takeuchi
Suzuki Matsuo
Kankuro Nakamura
Music by Zazen Boys
Cinematography Toshiyasu Yamanaka
Distributed by Asmik Ace
Release date
  • April 2, 2005 (2005-04-02)
Running time
124 minutes
Language Japanese

Yaji and Kita: The Midnight Pilgrims (真夜中の弥次さん喜多さん?, Mayonaka no Yaji-san Kita-san) is a 2005 Japanese film directed by Kudo Kankuro. The film stars several well-known and highly respected Japanese actors.

The story follows two Edo-era gay men, Yaji Robei (Yaji) and Kita Hachi (Kita), on a pilgrimage to Ise Shrine. It is loosely based on the Tōkaidōchū Hizakurige.


Yaji and Kita are two men who live in Edo. They are deeply in love. Yaji is married to a woman, while Kita is an actor addicted to various drugs.

One day, they receive an advertisement for the Grand Shrine at Ise, and decide to set out on a pilgrimage there, hoping to cure Kita of his drug addiction. They set out on a modern motorcycle but are forced to turn back and walk the Tōkaidō road to Ise, encountering various characters and obstacles along the way.



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