Haruo Ichikura directs this Mr. Smith Goes to Washington-style political satire about nefarious going-ons at the Nagatacho, Japan's Capitol Hill. The film centers on Naochika Kawai (Eisaku Yoshida), a deliveryman who happens upon a car crash. Pulling an unconscious man from the wreck, he drives him to the hospital. A couple days later, he is surprised to find the same man at his doorstep with a legion of reporters in his wake. The guy turns out to be Shigenori Matsudaira (Ken Ogata), a leader in the Lower House of the Diet, and comes bearing Kawai thanks and a job as his personal secretary. Soon Kawai is racing from funerals to weddings to meetings with constituents, distributing and receiving envelopes stuffed full of cash. Growing increasingly disgusted with the system, he is about to quit the public life. Then he learns about Matsudaira's past. Instead of being merely another crooked pol, he was an ardent reformer until former prime minister (Tatsuo Matsumura) clipped his political wings. Since then, Matsudaira has been quietly waiting for the right time to roll out his anti-corruption bill. Meanwhile, Kawai falls for the former prime minister's (Masumi Miyazaki) secretary, who is not only an absolute knock-out, but also possesses a sharp political mind.
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