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Samurai Saga (1959)

Aru kengo no shogai (original title)
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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Lady Ochii / Princess Chiyo
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Jutaro [Jurota] Karibe
Keiko Awaji ...
Nanae
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Nagashima
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Rakuzo the sake seller
Akihiko Hirata ...
Akaboshi
Eiko Miyoshi ...
Sachio Sakai
Yoshifumi Tajima
Akira Tani
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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18 April 1973 (USA)  »

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Trivia

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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Lady Ochii aka Princess Chiyo: We both have our old wounds. I have mine here. An old wound, but forever new. A paper stained with blood and tears.
Heihachiro Komaki: Ahh... his letter? You promised me that you might let me read it.
Lady Ochii aka Princess Chiyo: You really wish to?
Heihachiro Komaki: Yes, I really do, today.
Lady Ochii aka Princess Chiyo: [Removes Jutaro's letter from inside her kimono and hands it to Komaki] Here, then... read it.
Heihachiro Komaki: [Reading aloud Jutaro's letter - the words of which he, Komaki, had actually written] Farewell, Princess Chiyo, for today I die. Nevermore will my eyes follow my lady's graceful ...
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Version of Great Performances: Cyrano de Bergerac (1974) See more »

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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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