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Samurai Rebellion (1967)

Jôi-uchi: Hairyô tsuma shimatsu (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | December 1967 (USA)
The mother of a feudal lord's only heir is kidnapped away from her husband by the lord. The husband and his samurai father must decide whether to accept the unjust decision, or risk death to get her back.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ichi Sasahara
Gô Katô ...
Yogoro Sasahara
Tatsuyoshi Ehara ...
Bunzo Sasahara
Etsuko Ichihara ...
Isao Yamagata ...
Shobei Tsuchiya
Shigeru Kôyama ...
Geki Takahashi
Michiko Ôtsuka ...
Suga Sasahara
Lord Masakata Matsudaira
Masao Mishima ...
Sanzaemon Yanase
Jun Hamamura ...
Hyoemon Shiomi
Emi Yamada ...
Shiomi's wife
Takamaru Sasaki ...
Kenmotsu Sasahara
Hideo Fukuhara ...


During peace in 1725, aging swordsman Isaburo is living a henpecked life when his clan lord requests that Isaburo's son marry the lord's mistress, with whom he's displeased, even though she's born him a son. Isaburo wants to refuse, but his son Yogoro accepts the woman, Ichi, and they fall deeply in love. Their love renews Isaburo, so when the clan lord's elder son dies and the lord sends for Ichi to return to his side as mother of his heir, Isaburo opposes his lord. Yogoro and Ichi, who now have a baby daughter, stand with him. The clan orders their suicide, then sends soldiers to kill them. Isaburo's only hope is to take his case to Edo to expose the clan's cruelty. Can he? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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At 1:13:16 into the Criterion Collection DVD version, when the shot changes to Yogoro (played by Gô Katô)---just as he begins to verbally caution the lord and his retainers (after having delivered the petition)---there is a boom mic bobbing up and down about 10 inches above Gô's head, just on the edge of the frame. Then, in the same shot, as Gô is rising to his feet, the mic can be seen in front of his forehead. The mic then casts a shadow on his forehead just before the shot changes to a closeup of his face. See more »


Isaburo Sasahara: Each must live his own life.
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Close to Perfection!
13 October 2001 | by See all my reviews

Brilliant direction, excellent writing and superb acting make for one of the most intelligent and entertaining films to come out of Japan! Mifune is magnificent as the samurai who is forced to choose between family and duty. Scathing in its portrayal of feudal Japanese society this film works as both exciting historical drama and heart breaking melodrama. Mifune's stand against social injustice is presented in a totally believable yet poignantly touching manner. His scenes with his baby granddaughter are absolutely beautiful! The end of the film is both ferociously brutal and incredibly tender. What a combination! "Rebellion" leaves you emotionally drained yet asking for more!

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