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Aru kengo no shogai (1959)

 -  Action | Drama  -  18 April 1973 (USA)
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Edmund Rostand's play Cyrano de Bergerac, transplanted to Japan. A poet-warrior with an oversized nose (matched only by his great heart) loves a lady. But she sees him only as a friend, so ... See full summary »

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Yôko Tsukasa ...
Lady Ochii / Princess Chiyo
Akira Takarada ...
Jutaro [Jurota] Karibe
Keiko Awaji ...
Nanae
Seizaburô Kawazu ...
Nagashima
Kamatari Fujiwara ...
Rakuzo the sake seller
Akihiko Hirata ...
Akaboshi
Eiko Miyoshi ...
Okuni
Sachio Sakai
Yoshifumi Tajima
Akira Tani
Yutaka Sada
Senkichi Ômura
Hideyo Amamoto
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Haruo Tanaka
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Edmund Rostand's play Cyrano de Bergerac, transplanted to Japan. A poet-warrior with an oversized nose (matched only by his great heart) loves a lady. But she sees him only as a friend, so he helps another man to woo her by giving him the poetry of his own heart. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Life of an Expert Swordsman  »

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When Komaki (Toshirô Mifune) is telling Lady Ochii of the recent events at the end of the film, he mentions that on April 13th Miyamoto Musashi defeated Kojiro Sasaki in a duel. Mifune actually played Musashi in 4 different films: Kanketsu Sasaki Kojiro - Ganryu-to Ketto, Miyamoto Musashi, Zoku Miyamoto Musashi: Ichijôji no kettô and Miyamoto Musashi kanketsuhen: kettô Ganryûjima (the last 3 movies comprising the Samurai trilogy). See more »

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Heihachiro Komaki: Yes, I did not tell you today's news. "And finally, on April 15, Heiachiro Komaki was murdered by Shogunate officers."... I vowed to die honorably, by a hero's sword. Yes, but behold me now: caught and killed in a trap set for me. So ends the life of a clown.
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Mifune steals the show
5 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I really enjoyed this movie. Mifune (as Heihachiro) is a powerhouse throughout the movie in the lead role and has remarkable presence in all of his scenes. The first part of the movie is a little slow, but the movie begins to pick up half way through as the relationship between Heihachiro and Jutaro (Akira Takarada) develops.

There are some great moments you don't want to miss, especially the scenes between Mifune and Yôko Tsukasa. In one particular scene, he is covertly expressing his feelings for Lady Ochii, and it is extremely powerful. This is a solid overall Samurai flick, although it is a little light on the action and heavier on story.


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