Sukezaemon, a pirate, is shipwrecked in a strange corner of the world. With his companion, a wizard named Sennin, Sukezaemon becomes entangled in a plot by the evil premier to succeed the dying King Raksha.
An adventurous and daring sailor sets sail to the castle of an ailing king to stop an evil premier, hungry for power and wealth, from succeeding to the throne and marrying the king's beautiful daughter. Along the way, with the help of a band of courageous rebels and a lustful wizard, he must overcome the powers of a mesmerizing witch, ruthless pirates, and the castle's Imperial guards. The sailor must also free those kidnapped into slavery and restore the king's reputation. Written by
The famous Life Magazine double issue devoted to movies contained a fold-out cover showing studio technicians silhouetted against a blue background. This was Eiji Tsuburaya's special effects crew preparing a blue screen shot of Toshirô Mifune for this film. See more »
Co-screenwriter Shin'ichi Sekizawa is misidentified as the director of photography in the onscreen credits of the English-dubbed version. See more »
The credits on the U.S. prints, release by American International under the title "The Lost World of Sinbad", list the director of photography as Shinichi Sekizawa. Mr. Sekizawa is a noted screenwriter who also co-wrote this film. See more »
It would be great if this could come out it a "loaded" DVD, like some of the Russian fantasy films, with the original track and the Western Dub. Anyway, I saw it a few years back, it was a lot of fun. There is still a LOT of great Japanese movies unavailable in the West; let's hope the DVD era just keeps them coming. Anything Mufine did is of at least historic interest. It's great to see more of the two female leads from
"You Only Live Twice." I wonder if Kurosowa went to see this. Wakabyashi
had been up for the lead in "The Hidden Fortress."
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