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This is the story of a samurai who falls on hard times due to misunderstandings and and follows the plots of his enemies.

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Credited cast:
Tsumasaburô Bandô ...
Misao Seki ...
Utako Tamaki ...
Namie, Hyôzan's daughter
Kensaku Haruji ...
Shin'nojo Esaki, her husband
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Nekohachi
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Ochiyo
Kinnosuke Nakamura ...
Kokichi
Yoshimatsu Nakamura ...
Jirozo Akagi
Momotarô Yamamura ...
Shinpachiro Namioka (as Momotaro Yamamura)
Zen'ichirô Yasuda ...
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This is the story of a samurai who falls on hard times due to misunderstandings and and follows the plots of his enemies.

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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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