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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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Kept me entertained from start to finish See more (12 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
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
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Kôichi Satô
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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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Kiru" - Japan (original title)
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Runtime:
115 min
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Did You Know?

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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13 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Kept me entertained from start to finish, 23 January 2006
Author: Simon Booth from UK

Kill! is an economically titled film that provides some great characters, a strong story, lots of well shot fights and some clever humour. I have to confess that most of the samurai films I've seen have put me to sleep - Kurosawa's work or the Zatoichi films being a happy exception. KILL! never once had me in danger of nodding off, keeping me entertained from start to finish.

I was reminded of Kurosawa's SANJURO quite a bit, and read afterwards that both films were based on the same novel. I'm not sure if there were multiple stories within that novel, or if one or both of the films are just very loosely based on it. Tatsuya Nakadai's ronin is certainly a similar character to Mifune's Sanjuro, perhaps a little more world-weary and sly, not so majestic. Nakadai is Mifune's only serious competition for the "God of Samurai Films" crown, having made a bunch over the course of his career. His performance in KILL! is the best I've seen from him.

The film is well lensed, written, directed and performed. The pacing rarely if ever lags, and the story focuses on the characters rather than getting bogged down in trying to accurately describe historical detail or tedious political intrigues. Action is exciting and the comedy is subtle, smart and dark... all making for a pleasing 114 minutes of cinema :) Recommended!

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