MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 11,994 this week

Red Lion (1969)
"Akage" (original title)

 -  Action | Comedy  -  17 December 1969 (USA)
7.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.1/10 from 414 users  
Reviews: 10 user | 9 critic

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 »

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: August

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they recommend for August 2014.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 46 titles
created 28 Oct 2010
 
a list of 21 titles
created 27 Mar 2011
 
a list of 31 titles
created 22 Sep 2012
 
a list of 41 titles
created 23 Jan 2013
 
a list of 34 titles
created 11 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Red Lion" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Red Lion (1969)

Red Lion (1969) on IMDb 7.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Red Lion.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Dai yûkai (1991)
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A wealthy matriarch is kidnapped by a gang of three. She is insulted by the amount of money they propose to demand as ransom, and a strange interchange of roles takes place between captors ... See full summary »

Director: Kihachi Okamoto
Stars: Tôru Kazama, Hiroshi Nishikawa, Katsuyasu Uchida
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

The story of a Ronin (i.e. a masterless samurai) who wanders the countryside of Japan with his small child, having various adventures.

Director: Kenji Misumi
Stars: Tomisaburô Wakayama, Fumio Watanabe, Tomoko Mayama
Action | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A steel samurai blade that was to be given to the American ambassador by the Emperor of Japan is stolen. American sailors and Japanese samurai are sent to find it.

Director: Tsugunobu Kotani
Stars: Richard Boone, Toshirô Mifune, Mike Starr
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

In the second film of the Lone Wolf and Cub series, Ogami Itto battles a group of female ninja in the employ of the Yagyu clan and must assassinate a traitor who plans to sell his clan's ... See full summary »

Director: Kenji Misumi
Stars: Tomisaburô Wakayama, Kayo Matsuo, Akiji Kobayashi
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

In the third film of the Lone Wolf and Cub series, Ogami Itto volunteers to be tortured by Yakuza to save a prostitute and is hired by their leader to kill an evil chamberlain.

Director: Kenji Misumi
Stars: Tomisaburô Wakayama, Gô Katô, Yûko Hama
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Yataro Tanigawa, a one-eyed hired assassin, impresses yakuza boss Gomyo Kiyoemon with his skill. Gomyo hires Tanigawa as his bodyguard, or yojimbo, to protect him during an inter-clan ... See full summary »

Director: Hideo Gosha
Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Tetsurô Tanba, Yoshio Harada
Red Beard (1965)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

In 19th century Japan, a rough tempered yet charitable town doctor trains a young intern.

Director: Akira Kurosawa
Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Yûzô Kayama, Tsutomu Yamazaki
Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Director: Kihachi Okamoto
Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Reiko Dan, Hideo Sunazuka
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Edmund Rostand's play Cyrano de Bergerac, transplanted to Japan. A poet-warrior with an oversized nose (matched only by his great heart) loves a lady. But she sees him only as a friend, so ... See full summary »

Director: Hiroshi Inagaki
Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Yôko Tsukasa, Akira Takarada
Drama | Action | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Following the opening of a Japanese auto factory in Sicily, the head of the company is kidnapped by Sicilian mobsters. In hopes of avoiding paying either ransom or life insurance, the head ... See full summary »

Director: Tonino Valerii
Stars: Kôji Kikkawa, Andy J. Forest, Marina Suma
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

This is the story of "The Forty-Seven Ronin." Based on historical events in 1701 -- 1702, the movie tells the tale of the Asano clan's downfall and the revenge of its former samurai on the ... See full synopsis »

Director: Kinji Fukasaku
Stars: Shin'ichi Chiba, Kinnosuke Nakamura, Tsunehiko Watase
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The story takes place in feudal Japan, when any commerce with the rest of the world was strictly prohibited. An idealist suddenly appears in an isolated inn (the one that the title refers ... See full summary »

Director: Masaki Kobayashi
Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Komaki Kurihara, Wakako Sakai
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Gonzo
...
Tomi
Etsushi Takahashi ...
Ichinose Hanzo
Minori Terada ...
Sanji
Nobuko Otowa ...
Oharu
Yûko Mochizuki ...
Ume
Jitsuko Yoshimura ...
Oyoo
Kawai Okada ...
Osode
Shigeru Kôyama ...
Staff Chief Aragaki
Hideyo Amamoto ...
Dr. Gensai
Tokue Hanazawa ...
Komatora
Shin Kishida ...
Secretary Sokichi
Hideo Sunazuka ...
Amegaeru
Bokuzen Hidari ...
Gohei
Gorô Mutsumi ...
White Hair advance party leader (as Goro Mutsu)
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Action | Comedy

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

17 December 1969 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Red Lion  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Satire of Japanese History likely to seem bizarre to Americans
25 October 2000 | by (Minneapolis, Minnesota) – See all my reviews

Gonzo (Mifune Toshiro), a Robin Hood-like figure, shows up in his home town after several years' absence wearing a red wig like those worn by leaders of the imperial army. The son of a farmer, Gonzo has returned in supposed honor as a leader of the revolutionary imperial army, overthrowing the power of the Tokugawa shogunate and restoring power to the Emperor. Conflict and comedy result as Gonzo's military prowess and connection to the imperial army are called into question. Mifune carries the film in a role similar to his portrayal of Kikuchiyo in Kurosawa's Seven Samurai (1954).

Those with little knowledge of the Meiji restoration might find some of the comedy difficult to grasp.

I feel that there is an undercurrent of socialist revolution beneath the comedy in this film. The interplay between Gonzo and the local magistrate's samurai bodyguard, Hanzo, is the main vehicle for this agenda. Gonzo displays an unwavering faith that "the world is changing" and that the ruling elite will no longer be allowed to enslave the masses. Hanzo counters him with "the only thing that will change is the flower on the official crest."

Okamoto's other films do not necessarily support this agenda, although Samurai Assassin (1965) and Sword of Doom (1966) both center on disillusioned ronin, like Hanzo, who participate in the fractious revolutionary activities leading up to the Meiji restoration out of interest for their personal advancement rather than idealistic belief in social progress.

I found this a complex film, but one worth watching if you are interested in Japanese history or culture.


12 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Red Lion (1969) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?