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Director:
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Shinobu Hashimoto (screenplay)
Kaizan Nakazato (novel)
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Release Date:
1 July 1966 (USA) See more »
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Through his unconscionable actions against others, a sociopath samurai builds a trail of vendettas that follow him closely. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Kihachi Okamoto 
 
Writing credits
Shinobu Hashimoto (screenplay)

Kaizan Nakazato (novel)

Produced by
Sanezumi Fujimoto .... producer
Konparu Nanri .... producer
Masayuki Satô .... producer
 
Original Music by
Masaru Satô 
 
Cinematography by
Hiroshi Murai 
 
Film Editing by
Yoshitami Kuroiwa 
 
Art Direction by
Takashi Matsuyama 
 
Production Management
Hiroyasu Tsutsumi .... executive in charge of production
 
Sound Department
Hisashi Shimonaga .... sound effects editor
Shin Watarai .... sound
 
Stunts
Ryû Kuze .... fight choreographer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Tsuruzô Nishikawa .... lighting technician
Jun Yamazaki .... still photographer
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Dai-bosatsu tôge" - Japan (original title)
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Runtime:
119 min
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The abrupt ending of the film is due to the fact that it was originally intended to be the first part in a trilogy of films based on a lengthy Japanese novel. Nakazato Kaizan's 41 volume historical novel focused on the Edo period in Japanese history when the shogunate collapsed and a new government arose that revolved around the Emperor. It was the longest novel in Japan - encompassing 1533 chapters and over 5 and a half million Japanese characters - until the publication of Sohachi Yamaoka's serialized novel "Tokugawa Ieyasu", which is reportedly the longest novel in any language.See more »
Quotes:
Toranosuke Shimada:Study the sword to study the soul, you fool... an evil mind makes an evil sword.See more »
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Referenced in Heart String Marionette (2012)See more »

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28 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
One of the best movies ever in my opinion, 1 August 2002
Author: xphyxia from America

It captures the feel of Feudal Japan very well. Samurai of that period were so involved with their sword style and technique that it seeped into there personality and very soul. Most upheld strict conduct in their technique. This story is about a man whose style is so devious and frankly brutal that it turns him into a mirror image of his technique. Think Lord of the Rings and Frodo's battle with the ring or Star Wars and the battle betweeen Light and Dark forces. It is much better than Star Wars and is just as deep and creepy as Lord of the Rings. Nakadai' acting is flawless and he draws you right into the story. Toshiro Mifune also has a few good parts and a great battle scene. I have let many friends watch this movie (almost none of which had ever watched a subtitled movie) and every one of them Loved it. It's also one of those movies that draws you you in even more with repeated viewings, as you catch a lot of little things that are integral with the story. BUY IT and watch repeatedly!

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