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The legendary samurai Sasuke Sarutobi tracks the spy Nojiri, while a mysterious figure named Sakon leads... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cool, stylized 60's fare. Shallow action fans should give it a pass, though. See more (8 total) »

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Directed by
Masahiro Shinoda 
 
Writing credits
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Yoshiyuki Fukuda 
Koji Nakada  novel

Produced by
Shizuo Yamanouchi .... producer (as Shizuo Yamauchi)
 
Original Music by
Tôru Takemitsu 
 
Cinematography by
Masao Kosugi 
 
Film Editing by
Yoshi Sugihara 
 
Art Direction by
Junichi Ozumi  (as Junichi Osumi)
 
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
 
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Yasuo Okubo .... public relations
 
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Tokûemon Izumi Troupe .... thanks
 

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Also Known As:
"Ibun Sarutobi Sasuke" - Japan (original title)
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102 min | USA:99 min
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8 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Cool, stylized 60's fare. Shallow action fans should give it a pass, though., 4 June 2006
Author: JetJagMan from Vancouver, Canada

If you're lucky enough to get a hold of the Criterion DVD, or perhaps another version with some accurate explanatory material, you will have the benefit of the brief explanatory comments in a recent taping made by the director, Masahiro Shinoda.

He felt that the era of the swashbuckling, self-serious samurai films, such as those of Kurosawa, had come to an end. He wanted to go into a new direction for samurai cinema, that of film noir. This is a political spy tale set in the early 17th century.

The fighting is very stylized, and really just serves as a physical representation of the intrigue, rather than drawing attention to itself. Kurosawa got into the game when the swordplay was rather choreographed, and made things much more realistic, with people stumbling around in the mud, tripping and slipping as they took wild swipes with their swords. Again, Shinoda wanted to go against the grain.

There are cool villains, especially Takatani, completely covered in white, including his hooded head, and he has a soft, menacing voice, too.

The hero, Sasuke, is troubled by war, and waxes philosophical on more than one occasion about the whole business of war and spying.

The music is cool with a jazzy capricious flute, very 60's cool. Shinoda talks a bit about that as well in the interview.

I did not understand the apparently new character in the very last shot, so if someone can shed some light on it, please send me a private message on here.

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