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Samurai Rebellion -- Toshiro Mifune stars as Isaburo Sasahara, an aging swordsman living a quiet life until his clan lord orders that his son marry the lord's mistress, who has recently displeased the ruler.


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December 1967 (USA) See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Toshirô Mifune ... Isaburo Sasahara
Yôko Tsukasa ... Ichi Sasahara
Gô Katô ... Yogoro Sasahara
Tatsuyoshi Ehara ... Bunzo Sasahara
Etsuko Ichihara ... Kiku
Isao Yamagata ... Shobei Tsuchiya

Tatsuya Nakadai ... Tatewaki Asano
Shigeru Kôyama ... Geki Takahashi
Michiko Otsuka ... 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 ... Sahei
Noriko Kawajiri ... Nui
Tetsuko Kobayashi ... Otama
Hisano Yamaoka ... Sannojo Kasai's mother
Tomoko Hito ... Yoshino
Yoshirô Aoki ... Takazo Komiya
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Directed by
Masaki Kobayashi 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Shinobu Hashimoto 
Yasuhiko Takiguchi  novel "Hairyozuma Shimatsu"

Produced by
Toshirô Mifune .... producer
Tomoyuki Tanaka .... producer
Original Music by
Tôru Takemitsu 
Cinematography by
Kazuo Yamada 
Film Editing by
Hisashi Sagara 
Production Design by
Yoshirô Muraki 
Production Management
Yasuyoshi Tajitsu .... executive in charge of production
Sound Department
Shigenosuke Okuyama .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Yasuo Konishi .... lighting technician
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Also Known As:
"Jôi-uchi: Hairyô tsuma shimatsu" - Japan (original title)
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128 min | 121 min (cut version)
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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
More mature than *Harakiri*, but not as good, 29 October 2005
Author: counterrevolutionary from Spokane, WA

While Kobayashi's wonderful *Harakiri* (which is the only non-Kurosawa Japanese film I've ever given 10/10) is a flat-out condemnation of the "samurai code," *Samurai Rebellion* is not quite that.

In *Harakiri*, it's clear that the "code" is entirely on the side of the Iyi clan, even when it leads them to do incredibly cruel and appalling things.

Here, even those who obey the lord's orders sympathize personally with the Sasahara family, and it is made clear several times throughout the film that the lord is himself violating the "code," and that if the other daimyo and the Shogunate were to hear of it, it could lead to the destruction of the Aizu clan.

Also, we have more of a dilemma here. In *Harakiri*, Hanshiro Tsugumo's actions affect only himself, but the decisions made in *Samurai Rebellion* affect a whole family and several related families. Indeed, it could be said that the Sasahara men and Lady Ichi are behaving selfishly by gratifying their own desires at the expense of the family.

It could be said that this marks a greater maturity in Kobayashi's outlook. Although the lord is clearly in the wrong, Kobayashi offers up the arguments for obeying him anyway.

In *Harakiri*, there are no such complications.

However, I consider *Harakiri* a better film (though *Samurai Rebellion* is quite good). Partly, it's Nakadai's amazing performance in the earlier film, but also, there's something to be said for a straightforward condemnation. Nuance may be more mature--and in judging Tokugawa Japan, even more intellectually honest--but it doesn't have the impact of crying "J'Accuse!"

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