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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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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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Kill! astounds with its blend of comedy and drama See more (14 total) »

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:[Repeated line] Samurai are no good. See what I mean?See more »

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Kill! astounds with its blend of comedy and drama, 27 December 2012
Author: Patryk Czekaj from Warsaw

With all its dark humor and cynical attitude towards samurai code of honor, Kill! comes as a truly unformulaic and genre-bending period drama. Written and directed by the famous Kihachi Okamoto, the film's loosely based on Shūgorō Yamamoto's widely read short story Peaceful Days (also the basis for Kurosawa's Sanjuro). Kill! (or Kiru in Japanese) combines a well-crafted, complex plot with audaciously choreographed fight scenes, some visually-stunning, long shots of Japanese landscapes, with a bunch of witty - and often farcical - dialogues.

The picture presents a story about two luckless, hungry would-be warriors, who find themselves in the middle of a ferocious battle between the opposing sides of a dangerous yakuza clan. Genta (Tatsuya Nakadai) is a former samurai, who got tired of the difficult lifestyle of a wandering ronin. He wasn't able to find any other work, and just wound up in the deserted city, where he met Hanjiro (Etsushi Takahashi), an ex-farmer who wants to become a samurai, but didn't have a chance to prove his abilities yet. As soon as the two discover that the abandoned city is a battleground for a merciless group of samurai retainers, it's simply too late, and they get dragged into the whole deadly intrigue in just a matter of minutes. It becomes clear that one side of the conflict betrayed the other, and the resolution of the struggle might come only when one of the parties kills the other. In the cutthroat game of murder and betrayal, the two main characters take differing sides, and in order to achieve success they need to kill each other at first. Though Hanjiro's first assignment as an aspiring samurai is to dispose of Genta, he hesitates for a long time, as Genta proved to be a valuable source of information regarding the precious samurai life. As the tension mounts, and both groups become more and more irritated and bloodthirsty, Hanjiro and Genta decide to team up and outsmart everyone in their way, leading on to one of the most riveting and satisfying finales in a samurai picture ever filmed.

The problem with Kill! is that it's not as well-known around the world as it really should be. Moreover, it's simply an under-watched samurai epic, even though it actually shares - and makes fun of - all the far-reaching values of many prominent Kurosawa pictures. Here the portrayal of typical samurai warriors is a most parodical one, as Kill! shows so deliberately that there are those, who behave only badly and those, who behave only honorably, and there's nothing in-between. It's a game-changer of sorts when it comes to the topic of samurai, given its highly fanciful attempt at denuding all the hidden aspects of those seemingly convoluted personas.

The cinematography is as raw-looking as it is actually picture-perfect. It brings out all that's eye-popping about the beautiful, yet blood-filled, Japanese scenery.

Kill! also references various other samurai pictures, playing with the idea of a dramatic and serious samurai film, giving itself an utterly lighthearted tone. Kihachi Okamoto created a little, under-appreciated gem that's not only engaging, but also truly smart and concise.

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