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Kill! (1968)

Kiru (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Comedy, Drama | 22 June 1968 (Japan)
Two ronin - an ex-samurai and an ex-farmer - get caught up in a local official's complex game of murder and betrayal.

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Genta
Etsushi Takahashi ...
Hanji (Hanjiro Tabata)
Yuriko Hoshi ...
Chino Kajii
Tadao Nakamaru ...
Magobei Shôda
Akira Kubo ...
Monnosuke Takei
Shigeru Kôyama ...
Tamiya Ayuzawa
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Hyogo Moriuchi
Shin Kishida ...
Jurota Arao
Atsuo Nakamura ...
Tetsutaro
Nami Tamura ...
Hideyo Amamoto ...
Gendayu Shimada
Yoshio Tsuchiya ...
Shinroku Matsuo
Isao Hashimoto ...
Kônosuke Fujii
Akira Hamada ...
Denzô Nishimura
Takeo Chii ...
Yaheiji Yoshida
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Two ronin - an ex-samurai and an ex-farmer - get caught up in a local official's complex game of murder and betrayal.

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Fun tongue-in-cheek chanbara flick
4 October 2014 | by (Croatia) – See all my reviews

Kihachi Okamoto's Kill! is an anti-samurai film same as his Sword of Doom. In the latter, the protagonist is a sociopathic nut instead of a virtuous hero. In the former, the main guy is a comical figure who nevertheless talks normally instead of using the typical scruffy samurai talk. Kill! pokes fun of that one, and of many other tropes and clichés found in samurai films (some of those jokes unfortunately end up being lost in translation).

Kill! is very entertaining, but the plot is too convoluted and confusing. Take the first 15 minutes for example - new characters enter and leave the screen as they please, names are thrown and exchanged rapidly, sides are taken and scenes fly by before you can get what's even happening. Fortunately, the storyline becomes clearer later on. I still dislike how the movie's editing is constantly so erratic, especially in its opening. Some scenes, like the party segment when Tabata meets Oyo work best when edited in such a dynamic manner, but the majority of the film's pacing is all over the place.

The shot compositions are wonderful like in many Japanese films at that time, and although many shots last too short to be admired, they are combined with the restless edits in an unique way, showing us a big, open world. Also, the music is really cool, one of the best samurai movie soundtracks ever.

As a bit of trivia, this is based on the same novel (The Peaceful Days) as Kurosawa's Sanjuro. However, Kill! seems to have more connections to Yojimbo, particularly the rundown village in the intro scene, which looks almost identical to the town in Yojimbo because of huge gusts of wind blowing dust all over the place.

Despite some of its narrative weaknesses, Kill! is a very fun and exciting movie, with great music, good sword fights and lots of exaggerated acting as a spoof of samurai film tropes.


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