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Samurai Rebellion (1967)
"Jôi-uchi: Hairyô tsuma shimatsu" (original title)

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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:
Yôko Tsukasa ...
Ichi Sasahara
Gô Katô ...
Yogoro Sasahara
Tatsuyoshi Ehara ...
Bunzo Sasahara
Etsuko Ichihara ...
Isao Yamagata ...
Shobei Tsuchiya
Tatewaki Asano
Shigeru Kôyama ...
Geki Takahashi
Michiko Ôtsuka ...
Suga Sasahara
Tatsuo Matsumura ...
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 <>

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The last great samurai film
26 June 2004 | by (Poland) – See all my reviews

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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