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Taira Clan Saga (1955)

Shin Heike monogatari (original title)
Special Forces commander Captain Tadamori returns to Kyoto after successfully defeating the uprising of pirates in the western sea of Japan. But because the high courtiers dislike career ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Narutoshi Hayashi ...
Taira Torodai
Raizô Ichikawa ...
Tatsuya Ishiguro ...
Fujiwara no Tokinobu
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Yasuko
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Tokiko
Akitake Kôno ...
Heiroku
Tamao Nakamura ...
Shigeko
Shunji Natsume ...
Emperor Toba
Ichijirô Oya ...
Taira no Tadamori
Mitsusaburô Ramon ...
Ryokan
Kunitarô Sawamura ...
Joku
Koreya Senda
Eitarô Shindô ...
Banboku
Ichirô Sugai ...
Carpenter
Eijirô Yanagi ...
Emperor Shirakawa
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Storyline

Special Forces commander Captain Tadamori returns to Kyoto after successfully defeating the uprising of pirates in the western sea of Japan. But because the high courtiers dislike career soldiers gaining power and influence, they ignore the will of ex-Emperor Toba and refuse to reward the captain. Reward recommender Lord Tokinobu is punished, and the captain sends his son Kiyomori to the Lord's residence, where he falls in love with Tokiko, the Lord's daughter. Meanwhile, Kiyomori finds out that he is possibly the ex-Emperor's son... Written by L.H. Wong <lhw@sfs.org.sg>

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21 September 1955 (Japan)  »

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Taira Clan Saga  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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(Eastmancolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Most events in the movie are fictionalised but overall it relies on a true phenomenon: the rise of the samurais in the 12th century (even though it does not show the fights between the different samurai clans). Samurais will eventually triumph and reign on Japan for 7 centuries until the end of the 19th (the Shoguns). See more »

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Referenced in Kenji Mizoguchi: The Life of a Film Director (1975) See more »

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Mizoguchi does not disappoint in this one
27 July 2013 | by (Mexico) – See all my reviews

A quite different Mizoguchi film we have right here, but it entertained me all the way through and the cinematography is top-notch; the camera-work and scenes are outstanding as usual. The film starts slow and takes a while to unfold, but once the story is unfolded and everything is cleared up, it hooked me. The only thing lacking might be the ending, which leaves things quite incomplete and it kind of left me wanting for more, but I believe it was intended to end in this manner. Perhaps they were planning to produce a sequel or something of the sort, although I am not anywhere sure about it, so do not take my opinion for granted.

All I can say is that this film is worth watching; it will not disappoint any Mizoguchi fan.


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