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Director:
Writers:
Kei Tasaka (written by) &
Hideo Gosha (written by)
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Release Date:
6 September 1971 (Sweden) See more »
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Plot:
A guilt-haunted samurai warrior attempts to stop a massacre taking place. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
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"It's a funeral for us samurais" See more (16 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Tatsuya Nakadai ... Magobei Wakizaka
Tetsurô Tanba ... Rokugo Tatewaki
Yôko Tsukasa ... Shino
Ruriko Asaoka ... Oriha
Kunie Tanaka ... Hirosuke

Isao Natsuyagi ... Kunai
Kô Nishimura
Eijirô Tôno
Ben Hiura ... Rokuzo
Susumu Kurobe ... Omura Sobee
Hisashi Igawa ... Takeuchi Shinjiro
Fujio Tokita
Shinnosuke Ogata ... Miyauchi Hanzo
Shôji Ôki
Yoshitarô Asawaka
Hiroshi Tanaka
Kyôichi Satô ... Arai Dokan
Haruo Suzuki
Hiroyoshi Yamaguchi ... Ichihara Matashichi
Susumu Mizushima
Hajime Miyazawa
Shikô Tanaka
Kiyoshi Yamamoto
Katsue Nitta
Ikuko Tani
Toshie Hinoki
Yôko Mifune
Shingo Ohsawa ... Kishima Genai
Kiyoshi Kinoshita
Saburô Satô
Jinta Asakusa
Kenjirô Hoshino ... Okajima Yahachi
Hajime Araki ... Hirayama Yosuke
Tsuyoshi Date ... Kurosawa Gendayu
Noriyuki Satô
Kôji Tsutsui
Tôru Hatozaki
Eitarô Ozawa ... Himself - Narration (voice)
Kinnosuke Nakamura ... Samon Fujimaki
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Isao Kayaki
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Directed by
Hideo Gosha 
 
Writing credits
Kei Tasaka (written by) &
Hideo Gosha (written by)

Produced by
Sanezumi Fujimoto .... producer
Hideo Fukuda .... producer
Masayuki Satô .... producer
Hideyuki Shiino .... producer
 
Original Music by
Masaru Satô 
 
Cinematography by
Kôzô Okazaki 
 
Film Editing by
Michio Suwa 
 
Production Design by
Motoji Kojima 
 
Production Management
Kinshirô Ôkubo .... executive in charge of production
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kazuaki Atsumi .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Toshio Harashima .... sound
Noboru Nishio .... sound mixer
 
Stunts
Kentarô Yuasa .... fight choreographer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Yôsuke Sakakibara .... gaffer
Tadanobu Ueshima .... gaffer
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Steel Edge of Revenge" - USA (dubbed version)
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Runtime:
124 min
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
This is the first Japanese feature film in Panavision.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in We Are the Strange (2007)See more »

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21 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
"It's a funeral for us samurais", 27 April 2008
Author: chaos-rampant from Greece

Goyokin is one of those movies that I wanna scream from the rooftops just how incredibly awesome they are. The kind of film I wanna grab every person I know by the neck and force them to watch it with eyes wide open, Clockwork Orange style. It's really a cinematic crime that Goyokin is not as widely seen and regarded as the works of more famous Japanese directors, like Kurosawa. It might be a genre movie and as such attract mostly chambara fans, but this really deserves to reach more mainstream audiences. Put simply, if you like beautiful movies, you have to see this one.

The plot concerns a clan that is struggling financially who schemes to steal a shipment of the Shogun's gold and silence the nearby villagers who witness the crime and the ronin Magobei (played by the unparalleled Tatsuya Nakadai) who makes a moral stand and decides to go against his former clan. I won't go too far into plot details, but let's just say Goyokin is an anti-samurai film at heart. Like the best work of that other great jidai-geki director, Masai Kobayashi, Hideo Gosha doesn't try to pass moral judgement on his characters and treats them with compassion and affection. We're in 1830 and these are hard times for samurais as Japan finds herself on the brink of change. As one character realises in the end, "We sit here and die in the cold, and what does the Shogunate do? They get fatter in the heat". Gosha doesn't condemn the samurais for their soon to be obsolete code, rather puts things into perspective and shows us that desperate people will do desperate things. Innocent people die but who is really responsible for these crimes? It plays out like a good ancient Greek tradegy, minus the melodrama. Every emotion is incredibly nuanced here, every glance, move and frame. Gosha wisely lets the visuals tell the story.

And that brings me to the next point. The visuals. I am not exaggerating when I say that Goyokin is one of the most beautiful movies ever conceived. Yes better than most Kurosawa films, if the comparison has any merit. The colours are like small strokes of a brush on a white canvas as most of the film was shot outdoors in snowy landscapes. The rugged terrain is a pivotal character here, from the stormy sea to the blizzards to the open vistas. The cinematography and the way Gosha treats the locations as an integral part of every scene, reminded me of the spaghetti westerns of the great Sergio Corbucci (Django, The Great Silence). The muddy streets of a small town (as in Django). The snow blizzards and the cold, hostile terrain (as in The Great Silence). Samurais trying to prevent frostbite from setting in before a duel, unable to pick up their swords and fight. That nature is so tightly interwoven to the plot is another testament to Gosha's attention to detail. His cinematography is truly outstanding. I simply can't stress how visually awe-inspiring this movie is. Every frame is a painting. In a way it brought to mind the maestro Sergio Leone. After all the jidai-geki and the spaghetti western are very similar in the ways they depict their scarred heroes, the duel and the terrain.

I don't know what else to say about Goyokin. The performances are great all around with Ruriko Asaoka stealing every scene she's in, not least thanks to her drop dead gorgeous looks. Tatsuya Nakadai is once again outstanding in the lead role. The swordplay is fantastic, quick and brutal thrusts of the sword with an emphasis on the ritualistic aspect of the duel. The silence before and after. Although not as bloody and action-oriented as something like Lone Wolf and Cub, Goyokin left me more than satisfied in that department.

There's not much else to add, except that Goyokin is criminally underseen (judging by the amount of votes here). Maybe in the years to come western audiences will open up their horizons and realize what they've been missing. In the meantime if you're reading this, seek this movie out. You won't regret it.

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