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Release Date:
10 July 1965 (Japan) See more »
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The legendary samurai Sasuke Sarutobi gets caught in a web of political intrigue, deception and espionage during the early 17th century. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

 

Directed by
Masahiro Shinoda 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Yoshiyuki Fukuda 
Koji Nakada  novel

Produced by
Shizuo Yamanouchi .... producer
 
Original Music by
Tôru Takemitsu 
 
Cinematography by
Masao Kosugi 
 
Film Editing by
Yoshi Sugihara 
 
Art Direction by
Junichi Ôsumi 
 
Art Department
Toshio Takahashi .... set designer
 
Sound Department
Hideo Nishizaki .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Akira Aomatsu .... gaffer
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Etsuko Yagyû .... costume researcher
 
Other crew
Yasuo Ôkubo .... public relations
 
Thanks
Tokûemon Izumi Troupe .... thanks
 

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Also Known As:
"Ibun Sarutobi Sasuke" - Japan (original title)
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Runtime:
102 min | USA:99 min
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Who's that guy at the end?
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Noir meets samurai, 4 May 2014
Author: colaya

It has it all really... Crime, the theme of violence, an ambiguous but honest protagonist that borders cynicism (and somehow victim of circumstance), a complex plot with crosses and double-crosses, well-defined characters with sharp motives that are unclear to the viewer, moral ambiguity, expressionist low-key lighting, unbalanced frames, disruptive shots, and even an 'urban' feel (though in old Japan), voice-over and a femme fatale! Add ninja action and a political comment on cold war and its meaningless dehumanizing nature, and you get a smart, entertaining, beautiful, thought-provoking film.

Shinoda masters the visual medium to create something new, different. The viewer experiences the insecurity and anguish that good noir delivers (I guess that other reviewers could not manage this). And still there are sword-armed samurai in it!

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