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Red Lion (1969)

Akage (original title)
Impersonating an Imperial Army officer by wearing a "red lion's mane", a poor servant returns to his village after 10 years of absence to end the village's suffering caused by corrupt ... See full summary »

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Gonzo
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Tomi
Etsushi Takahashi ...
Ichinose Hanzo
Minori Terada ...
Sanji
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Oharu
Yûko Mochizuki ...
Ume
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Oyoo
Kawai Okada ...
Osode
Shigeru Kôyama ...
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Hideyo Amamoto ...
Dr. Gensai
Tokue Hanazawa ...
Komatora
Shin Kishida ...
Secretary Sokichi
Hideo Sunazuka ...
Amegaeru
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Gohei
Gorô Mutsumi ...
White Hair advance party leader (as Goro Mutsu)
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Impersonating an Imperial Army officer by wearing a "red lion's mane", a poor servant returns to his village after 10 years of absence to end the village's suffering caused by corrupt officials and businessmen. Written by Alex Ebora <ebora87@eelab.newpaltz.edu>

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17 December 1969 (USA)  »

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The White-Hair group decapitated 3 people, one of whom was Sagara Sozo.The scene with three heads can be seen towards the end. He was a real person who led the Sekihotai. He was executed on March 26 1868 in Nagano Prefecture. See more »

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Amazing! One of the best samurai films available in America!
4 May 2002 | by (Saint Paul, MN) – See all my reviews

Check out the previous comment for more complete information on the historical aspects of Red Lion - he obviously knows a lot about it, and I found it very useful to read that right after I finished watching the film.

All I can say for sure about this film, though, is that I loved it. It's enormously entertaining! First off, it's hilarious. One doesn't generally think of Toshiro Mifune as a comic actor (although there are comic elements in his characters in Rashomon and The Seven Samurai), but he's quite funny here. It's not a humor that many Americans could appreciate, though. It's very Japanese. If you're a fan of anime or video games, the humor will be recognizable. Second, it's exciting. I love Okamoto's Sword of Doom, and the action sequences in Red Lion are equal. It's actually a little more action-oriented than that film, which is more suspense-oriented. And, third, it's dramatically effective. Gonzo (Toshiro Mifune) starts off the film as a comic character, but by the end he grows into a hero of great stature. The color cinematography of Red Lion is also very beautiful. 10/10.


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