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Legend of a Duel to the Death (1963)

Shitô no densetsu (original title)
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Kieko Sonobe
Mariko Kaga ...
Yuri Shimizu
Gô Katô ...
Hideyuki Sonobe
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Shizuko Sonobe
Yoshi Katô ...
Shintarô Shimizu
Bunta Sugawara ...
Gôichi Takamori
Tsutomu Matsukawa ...
Norio Sonobe
Osamu Takizawa ...
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Tatsuya Ishiguro ...
Kinbei Kanamori
Tokue Hanazawa ...
Sansuke
Kiyoshi Nonomura ...
Policeman Hayashi
Takeshi Sakamoto ...
Gen-san
Kikue Môri ...
Umeno Sonobe
Jun Hamamura ...
Old man
Ushio Akashi ...
Head teacher
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Excellent, perhaps the best I've seen from Kinoshita so far
21 April 2013 | by (Saint Paul, MN) – See all my reviews

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