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The Lost World of Sinbad (1963)

Dai tozoku (original title)
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.

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Sukezaemon Naya, alias 'Luzon' (Sinbad in English version)
Tadao Nakamaru ...
The Chancellor
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Princess Yaya
Kumi Mizuno ...
Miwa the Rebel Leader
Ichirô Arishima ...
Sennin the Wizard
Hideyo Amamoto ...
Granny the Witch (in drag)
Mitsuko Kusabue ...
Sobei
Jun Tazaki ...
Itaka Tsuzuka of the Imperial Guards
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Yaya's maid
Jun Funato ...
Prince Ming of Thailand
Makoto Satô ...
The Black Pirate
Jun'ichirô Mukai ...
Chief of Imperial Guards
Rokku Furukawa ...
Rebel
Hideo Sunazuka ...
Rebel
Masaya Nihei ...
Rebel
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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 Oliver Chu

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3 March 1965 (USA)  »

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7th Wonder of Sinbad  »

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

Co-screenwriter Shin'ichi Sekizawa is misidentified as the director of photography in the onscreen credits of the English-dubbed version. See more »

Quotes

Miwa the Rebel Leader: [Sinbad is trying to look for the Premier's hideout] You hurt my feelings...
Sukezaemon Naya, alias 'Luzon': Argh!
Miwa the Rebel Leader: You didn't need my help, you said.
Sukezaemon Naya, alias 'Luzon': You are fast, how did you get here so quick?
Miwa the Rebel Leader: I know this place like my backyard.
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Crazy Credits

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 »

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SAMURAI PIRATE – Low-key but nicely shot costume fantasy
16 November 2002 | by (Bronx, NY) – See all my reviews

SAMURAI PIRATE (Japan/1963) was released in the U.S. in 1965 in an English-dubbed version titled THE LOST WORLD OF SINBAD. It's an Arabian Nights-type tale that focuses on an adventurer (Sukezaemon, aka "Luzon," but dubbed "Sinbad" in the American release, and played by Toshiro Mifune) who, after being washed up on the shore of a Middle Eastern island(!) kingdom, intervenes in local politics and gets mixed up with court intrigue, a princess-in-distress, an ancient wizard, and a band of rebels. It's a handsomely mounted costume fantasy adventure, with a sterling cast of top Japanese performers and fan favorites (including Toshiro Mifune and Kumi Mizuno), but it suffers from a lightweight story, uneven special effects, and a distinct lack of action.

The by-the-numbers plot features a villainous Premier who wants to take over the kingdom from the Princess' dying father, the King, but has to first contrive a way to marry the Princess. To do that, he has to use his cohort, the Black Pirate, to waylay the ship of the Princess' intended bridegroom, the Prince of Thailand. "Sinbad" intervenes every step of the way, with the help of Sennin, the old wizard, who is especially useful in battling the magic of the old witch, Granny, who's working for the Premier. (Sennin can turn into a fly at will, while Granny can turn people to stone.) Sinbad's motive is the retrieval of a chest of jewels stolen from him by the Black Pirate and passed on to the Premier who has given some of the jewelry as a gift to the Princess. The action culminates in a bit of derring-do in which Sinbad attaches himself to a sturdy kite and flies over the castle walls to initiate an attack by the rebels on the night of the Premier's intended wedding to the Princess.

The plot moves at a moderately steady pace, but there is little urgency or suspense. Sinbad is somewhat aloof and never seems to feel he's in much danger, even when he's imprisoned and made to do slave labor. Other than the chest of jewels, he doesn't seem to have much of a stake in the action. There are three different beautiful women who are his allies at one point or another in the film, yet he never bothers to romance any of them.

Up until the final battle, there is simply not enough action. There are some fights and confrontations, but they're not terribly well-staged and they happen very quickly. Toshiro Mifune gets to wield a sword with great vigor in the final battle and performs some judo maneuvers much earlier, but, overall, he seems somewhat restrained here.

The lavish interior sets and the elaborate miniatures of the castle exteriors and the magnificent ships are all very impressively created. The special effects are best in the scenes involving the magic employed by the wizard and witch, particularly in the transformation scenes, but suffer whenever process work (rear screen projection) is required, such as the shots of Sinbad strapped to the kite and bearing down on the castle. Overall, for a fantasy film it just doesn't have the exuberance and sweeping imagination of American-made fantasy films of the same era, such as JACK THE GIANT KILLER (1962), CAPTAIN SINDBAD (1963) or even the ultra-low-budget THE MAGIC SWORD (1962).

The real treat here for fans of Japanese cinema is the all-star cast. Toshiro Mifune heads the list, of course, but he is joined by such other stalwart Japanese character actors as Makoto Sato (MESSAGE FROM SPACE), as the Black Pirate; Satoshi Nakamura (THE MANSTER) as the head of the archers; Jun Tazaki (KING OF THE MONGOLS) as a spirited guardsman who is alternately an ally and opponent of Sinbad; Tadao Nakamaru as the Premier; and perennial villain Eisei Amamoto ("Dr. Who" in KING KONG ESCAPES) as the witch. Of this group of actors, Ichiro Arishima comes off best as the horny old wizard, Sennin, a character who is clearly the model for--or derived from the same source as--Master Roshi of animated "Dragon Ball Z" fame.

Best of all are three beautiful actresses who are fan favorites from the era: Kumi Mizuno (MONSTER ZERO, FRANKENSTEIN CONQUERS THE WORLD) as the rebel leader; Mie Hama as the Princess (and looking very lovely in a dazzling array of costumes); and Akiko Wakabayashi as the Princess' loyal maid. Hama and Wakabayashi occasionally appeared in Japanese films together (KING KONG VS. GODZILLA) and are best known to western audiences for co-starring with Sean Connery in the fifth James Bond movie, YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE (1967).

I should point out that the English dubbing on LOST WORLD OF SINBAD is below average. Paul Frees does Toshiro Mifune's voice as if he's got a noose tightened around his neck and the others aren't much better. The attempts to do "Japanese" accents are particularly grating.

I watched this on a Japanese-only DVD (no subs.), with a bootleg VHS of the English dub providing the soundtrack. I'd much prefer a subtitled DVD.


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