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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
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Superb dark comedy about life in Japan and human politics
This is one of those movies from Japan or China that make me wonder if they are based on some old story. This story is based on a war for on an imperial restoration. I would have to guess the date, but remarkably we see firearms in this movie alongside samurai swords. We see an oafish peasant (Toshiro Mifune) volunteer to soften up his home village because he hears the imperial squad leader announce there will be dramatic reforms.
The plot is the story of the peasant and his reception in his home village as he promotes the imperial restoration wearing the honorific red headgear of the imperial squad leader. It's in color and it is a splendid movie, but the story is the real star here. It must be one loved very much by Toshiro Mifune who pulls out all the stops for it.
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