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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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Plot:
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 Sekida ... 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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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Satisfying chambara action with tongue firmly in cheek, 13 July 2008
Author: chaos-rampant from Greece

Both the strength and the major weakness of Kiru! is that it refuses to take itself too serious. Although there are some notable moments where Okamoto goes for the dramatic angle (the squad leader whose wife works in the brothel facing off with Tatsuya Nakadai's character for one) and does it well, he keeps sabotaging his own movie. In that aspect, Kiru is definitely not a formal jidai-geki but more of a light-hearted samurai action film.

Kihachi Okamoto might not be well known outside chambara circles, but he's one of the best in the genre and definitely at the top of his game directing action. Fresh from the devastating Sword of Doom (his magnum opus and one of Japanese cinema's finest moments), he brings a fresh, wild approach to his action. Less stylized and formal but more energetic. In terms of samurai cinema, the movie opens in a rundown little village and with the dust and winds blowing the whole setup is eerily reminiscent of Yojimbo setting. The plot is a crossover of sorts between Kurosawa's Sanjuro movies and the themes Eiichi Kudo explored in his Samurai Revolution trilogy (samurais ambushing and assassinating a daimyo for the honour of their clan etc). It may seem a bit convoluted and off-putting to the uninitiated, but that's typical in films of this kind.

With regards to the comedy angle, while Kiru is a light-hearted fare, it's definitely not laugh-out-loud funny. A lot is lost in the translation I guess, but sometimes the comedic timing of Tatsuya Nakadai as the cunning, sly yakuza (a welcome change from the tortured soul characters he played in the 60's) and Etsushi Takahashi as the overzealous farmer with samurai ambitions shine through.

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