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Kei Tasaka (written by) &
Hideo Gosha (written by)
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Release Date:
6 September 1971 (Sweden) See more »
A guilt-haunted samurai warrior attempts to stop a massacre taking place. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Mixture of mud and snow See more (17 total) »


  (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

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
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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124 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

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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Mixture of mud and snow, 8 December 2014
Author: mevmijaumau from Croatia

Goyokin, aka Official Gold, aka The Steel Edge of Revenge (starring Tatsuya Nakadai), is one of Hideo Gosha's most famous samurai films, as well as the first Japanese film shot in Panavision.

Even though Goyokin's antagonists are very cruel characters, Gosha never directly condemns them as much as the Shogunate and the feudal system itself, which pushes these men into desperation. Honor and greed constantly clash, leading to massacres and depravities. After a short historical narration, the film jumps straight to suspense and action and doesn't let go until the end.

Goyokin is a dark adventure film at soul and there are a lot of death traps, impossible escapes and 1-on-20 battles. Some people may not like its escapist, non-serious tone, but frankly I don't care what they have to say, as long as this movie has scenes where samurai showcase their skills by slashing a fish put between the legs of a female shamisen player. Aside from a small inconsistency between the narration and on- screen events (the narrator at the beginning says that no villagers have been found alive, yet we witness one of the characters finding her father's corpse), the film's only flaw is the scene where the main character escapes from a snow pit trap using a short blade with his mouth, with hands tied behind his back. They didn't even bother explaining how he got out of that one.

The cinematography is more than excellent. This goes for most samurai films, and Goyokin is no exception. Stormy seascapes, snowy badlands and mud-ridden villages are shot in the most wonderful of fashions. Not to mention the impeccable framing, swift sword fights (one of Gosha's trademarks), cool flashbacks seen through various filters, flying crows turning into title card text, and some damn impressive color work. The soundtrack is awesome too, one of the best samurai film soundtracks I've heard so far.

I don't feel like writing a conclusion... Just watch this movie!

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