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.
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
Toshirô Mifune has always had his voice dubbed over in every English-speaking role he has ever had, even when he learned his lines in English by way of listening to his lines in English on a tape player. See more »
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 »
I don't know why so little people have seen this film. This movie has place in history of cinema as one of the greatest masterpieces. Story has structure of ancient tragedy and we sit in permanent tense from beginning to end; none other film I saw isn't so suspenseful. Direction is perfect and there isn't one unnecessary second in all 2 hour film. Toshiro Mifune and Tatsuya Nakadai - duet well known from Kurosawa films like "Yojimbo", "Sanjuro" or "High and Low" - make peerless performances, really dramatic and deep. "Samurai Rebelion" is as excellent, humanistic and timeless as the best of Kurosawa films. Everybody I know agree with this opinion after watching Kobayashi's masterpiece. 10/10
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