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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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
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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 »
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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While I love Japanese versions of Western stories (such as Kurosawa's version of Macbeth--THRONE OF BLOOD), I guess I've just never been the biggest fan of the story of Cyrano. I have seen the José Ferrer and Gérard Depardieu versions and this film is at least as good--perhaps a little better due to its wonderful sense of artistry and the acting of Toshiro Mifune (though the other two did great jobs as well). The cinematography is exquisite and the poetic nature of the dialog is wonderful as well. But, because I knew exactly how the story would go, there was no suspense and this prevented the movie from receiving a higher score. THRONE OF BLOOD did receive a higher score because it was so unique in how it approached the material that it was almost a completely different story, but this one never veered far enough off course to make it more watchable. Excellent, but familiar.
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