The story of a decent samurai who is widely considered a scum and a criminal. His bad luck and numerous misunderstandings drag him down the social ladder straight to the gutter.

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Tsumasaburô Bandô ...
Misao Seki ...
Utako Tamaki ...
Namie, Hyôzan's daughter
Kensaku Haruji ...
Shin'nojo Esaki, her husband
Momotarô Yamamura ...
Shinpachiro Namioka
Kotonosuke Nakamura ...
Kokichi
Shigeyo Arashi ...
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Kichimatsu Nakamura ...
Jirozo Akagi
Zen'ichirô Yasuda ...
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Shizuko Mori ...
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The story of a decent samurai who is widely considered a scum and a criminal. His bad luck and numerous misunderstandings drag him down the social ladder straight to the gutter.

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20 November 1925 (Japan)  »

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The original title of the movie was supposed to be "Outlaw", but the Japanese censors and police banned the title, because the depiction of an outlaw as a hero was seen as a very dangerous suggestion. The title was later changed to "Serpent", describing how Bando Tsumasaburo wiggles when he fights back, and how even in death, a serpent still look terrifying. Confused, the censors allowed the title. See more »

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One of the few silent chambara films to survive in relatively complete form
4 June 2000 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Tsumasaburo Bando plays a young but hotheaded samurai. He falls in love with two women (Misao Seki and Utako Tamaki) but he cannot convince either that he is a good man. He becomes a killer trying to save one of them from a criminal who had rescued him after some time in jail.

The final extended fight scene is wonderful. The print also comes with a 'benshi' (film explainer) performance. He does the voices of all the characters and explains the action.

Chambara (from the sound of swords striking one another during a fight) is the Japanese name for samurai warrior pictures. They were a very important genre in the early days of Japanese cinema, but surviving films are rare.


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