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Kill! -- In this pitch-black action comedy by Kihachi Okamoto, a pair of down-on-their-luck swordsmen arrive in a dusty, windblown town, where they become involved in a local clan dispute.
Kill! -- In this pitch-black action comedy by Kihachi Okamoto, a pair of down-on-their-luck swordsmen arrive in a dusty, windblown town, where they become involved in a local clan dispute.

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Director:
Writers:
Kihachi Okamoto (screenplay) &
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Release Date:
22 June 1968 (Japan) See more »
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Two ronin - an ex-samurai and an ex-farmer - get caught up a local officials complex game of murder and betrayal. | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Tatsuya Nakadai ... Genta
Etsushi Takahashi ... Hanji (Hanjiro Tabata)
Yuriko Hoshi ... Chino Kajii
Tadao Nakamaru ... Magobei Shôda
Akira Kubo ... Monnosuke Takei
Shigeru Kôyama ... Tamiya Ayuzawa
Eijirô Tôno ... 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
Seishirô Kuno ... Daijirô Masataka
Ben Hiura ... Busuke
Susumu Kurobe ... Kinsaburo Ayuzawa
Masao Imafuku ... Doshin - Monk
Hiroshi Hasegawa ... Injured Ronin
Emiko Suzuki ... Tomi
Yasuzô Ogawa ... Kisuke
Yutaka Nakayama ... Ronin
Ryôsuke Kagawa ... Sachu Mizoguchi
Shin Ibuki ... Injured Ronin
Chôtarô Tôgin ... Ronin
Minoru Itô
Rinsaku Ogata
Yukihiko Gondô
Wataru Ômae ... Guard
Haruo Suzuki ... Banto
Yû Sekita ... Ayzawa's vassal
Ryôji Shimizu
Masaki Shinohara
Kôji Uruki
Hiroshi Tanaka
Kôji Asakawa
Kanzô Uni
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kôichi Satô

Directed by
Kihachi Okamoto 
 
Writing credits
Kihachi Okamoto (screenplay) &
Akira Murao (screenplay)

Shûgorô Yamamoto (novel "Torideyama no jûshichi nichi")

Produced by
Tomoyuki Tanaka .... producer
 
Original Music by
Masaru Satô 
 
Cinematography by
Rokurô Nishigaki 
 
Film Editing by
Yoshitami Kuroiwa 
 
Production Design by
Hiroyasu Tsutsumi 
 
Art Direction by
Iwao Akune 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kunihiko Watanabe .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Hisashi Shimonaga .... sound mixer
Shin Watarai .... sound
 
Stunts
Ryû Kuze .... fight choreographer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Kiichi Onda .... gaffer
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Also Known As:
"Kiru" - Japan (original title)
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Runtime:
115 min
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Trivia:
Actor Yoshio Tsuchiya's character is his own actual ancestor, Matsuo Tsuchiya.See more »
Quotes:
Genta:A sword isn't a sickle.See more »

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Fun tongue-in-cheek chanbara flick, 4 October 2014
Author: mevmijaumau from Croatia

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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