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Samurai Assassin (1965)
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February 17 to March 3, 1860, inside Edo castle. A group of assassins wait by Sakurada Gate to kill the lord of the House of Ii, a powerful man in the Tokugawa government, which has ruled ... See full summary »

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Tsuruchiyo Niiro
Keiju Kobayashi ...
Einosuke Kurihara
Michiyo Aratama ...
Okiku / Kikuhime
Yûnosuke Itô ...
Kenmotsu Hoshino
Eijirô Tôno ...
Masagorô Kisoya
Tatsuyoshi Ehara ...
Ichigoro Hayama
Tadao Nakamaru ...
Shigezo Inada
Kaoru Yachigusa ...
Mitsu
Haruko Sugimura ...
Tsuru
Nami Tamura ...
Yae
Shirô Ôtsuji ...
Kaname Kojima
Yoshio Inaba ...
Keijiro Sumita
Akihiko Hirata ...
Sohei Masui
Hideyo Amamoto ...
Matazaburo Hagiwara
Ikio Sawamura ...
Tatsukichi Bisenya
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February 17 to March 3, 1860, inside Edo castle. A group of assassins wait by Sakurada Gate to kill the lord of the House of Ii, a powerful man in the Tokugawa government, which has ruled Japan for 300 years. They suspect a traitor in their midst, and their suspicions fall on Niiro, an impoverished ronin who dreams of samurai status, and Kurihara, an aristocratic samurai who befriends Niiro. Niiro longs to identify his father, knowing he is a high-ranking official who will disclose himself only if Niiro achieves samurai status. With American ships in Japan's harbors, cynicism among the assassins, and change in the air, Niiro resolves to reach ends that may prove ephemeral. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Brilliant, Disturbing, Fascinating Film
5 September 2001 | by See all my reviews

Everything about this movie is powerful! The acting, the direction, the music and the cinematography are Japanese cinema at its best! I usually don't like narration but the narration in this film is awesome. The only thing I can compare it to is the sound of an Uzi being fired! Mifune, at his best, conveys brilliantly the complexities of the samurai/ronin mentality! The film moves frantically through time! Sometimes it is hard to tell past from present but the entire production is so well done that it all makes perfect sense if you just pay attention! This is one of the most brutal Japanese films I have ever seen. The final confrontation takes place in a snow storm and the comparison between the softly falling snow and the bloody battle it is falling on is chilling and surreal! Unlike some of these older films the transfer to video is clear as a bell with easy to read (if a bit hurried) subtitles.


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