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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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First-class Film
13 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A first-class film that excels in script, cinematography and acting. It is difficult to name a lot of films that are so well conceived of and executed. The plot is amazing and the twists are well-crafted. The narrator seems an imposition at the start but as the film progresses it only adds to the mood. I found the movement (pace) of the film delightful, juxtaposed between the swift and the languid. Of course, for most of us outside the idiom of Japanese cinema the acting maybe described as melodramatic, but that's pretty much the norm there. And how can anyone not comment on the film's last scene - the snow, the blood, the twist of fate, the camera moves like an assassin itself. I highly recommend it.


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