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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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Awesome swordplay. Intense drama. See more (55 total) »

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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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Also Known As:
"Dai-bosatsu tôge" - Japan (original title)
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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:
Ryunosuke Tsukue:a sword man prizes his skill like a woman prizes her chastity... would you surrender your chastity?
Bunnojo Utsuki's wife:[in the mill] Ryunosuke told me to come...
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Referenced in Exhumed (2003) (V)See more »

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12 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Awesome swordplay. Intense drama., 19 February 1999
Author: anonymous from San Jose, California

Imagine Nakadai's murderous Onosuke from Yojimbo; then raise the level of his single-minded purpose an order of magnitude to the fated dancer of The Red Shoes and you get a vague idea of Ryunosuke, a psychopathic samuari hunted by the righteous and villainous alike. Hiroshi Murai's gritty B& W photography is awesome; and the choreography and staging of the swordfighting sequences are far and away the most rivetting I've ever seen (and I think I've seen most of them) -- not romantically stylized as in Inagaki's Samurai Trilogy -- something like the subtlety of Kurosawa meets the textured action of John Woo. The characters are intense and memorable. The final freeze frame may put you in mind of Butch Cassidy. You'll never forget it.

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