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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 ...
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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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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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Excellent and beautiful,...but all too familiar
13 August 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

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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