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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
Nobuko Otowa ...
Oharu
Yûko Mochizuki ...
Ume
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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)
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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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Sekihotai, of which Mifune's character is a member, means something like the "Red Vanguard" in Japanese. It was set up by the anti-shogun forces to go through areas and announce that rents were to be halved. The plan was to get civilian support for the new regime. There were 3 units that traveled ahead of the real anti-shogun army. They were then denounced by the anti-shogun forces. See more »

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Superb dark comedy about life in Japan and human politics
4 September 2003 | by (Northern California) – See all my reviews

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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