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Shiro Amakusa, the Christian Rebel (1962)
"Amakusa Shirô Tokisada" (original title)

 -  Drama | History | War  -  21 March 1962 (Japan)
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In the year 1637 in Shimabara of Tokugawa-era Japan, oppressed peasant Christians revolt against the shogunate with the aid of a charismatic Christian rebel leader Shiro Amakusa.

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Ryûtarô Ôtomo ...
Shinbei Oka
Satomi Oka ...
Sakura, Shinbei's Wife
Rentarô Mikuni ...
Uemonsaku
Sayuri Tachikawa ...
Okiku
Chôichirô Kawarasaki ...
Tamezô
Minoru Chiaki ...
Sôho Tanaka
Yoshi Katô ...
Zanemon Yama's Grandfather
Tokue Hanazawa ...
Yozaemon
Takamaru Sasaki ...
Jinbei
Mikijirô Hira ...
Katsuie Matsukura
Kei Satô ...
Taga Mondo
Rokko Toura ...
Ronin
Tetsuo Ashida ...
Zanemon Yama
Sue Mitobe ...
Maki
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In the year 1637 in Shimabara of Tokugawa-era Japan, oppressed peasant Christians revolt against the shogunate with the aid of a charismatic Christian rebel leader Shiro Amakusa.

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Early Oshima
31 October 2010 | by (San Francisco) – See all my reviews

Nagisha Oshima directed this atypical 1962 film covering Christian persecution in Japan - and the response of the tragic hero, Shiro Amakusa. From the standpoint of filmmaking, the shots are mostly static (some several minutes, minimal camera movement), with simple black and white photography. The film shows particular care for the beleaguered Christians, who are forced into poverty (and worse) for their religion.

Obviously, the subject matter doesn't place for humor; the narrative dark and reflective, showing little hope for the characters. Oshima has always excelled at provocative filmmaking, provoking more thought than filmmaking fireworks.


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