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The Ambush: Incident at Blood Pass (1970)
"Machibuse" (original title)

 -  Action | Drama  -  18 December 1970 (USA)
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In the Edo period, a nameless ronin accepts an assignment to go to a mountain pass and wait. Near the pass he stops at an inn where a collection of characters gather, including a gang set ... See full summary »

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Yûjirô Ishihara ...
Yataro
Ruriko Asaoka ...
Okuni
Shintarô Katsu ...
Gentetsu
Kinnosuke Nakamura ...
Heima Ibuki
Chûsha Ichikawa ...
Unknown Samurai
Ichirô Arishima ...
Tokubei
Mika Kitagawa ...
Oyuki
Yoshio Tsuchiya ...
Itahachi
Jôtarô Togami ...
Gonji
Chieko Nakakita
Ryûnosuke Yamazaki ...
Tatsu
Seishirô Kuno
Yasuo Araki
Hiroshi Tanaka
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In the Edo period, a nameless ronin accepts an assignment to go to a mountain pass and wait. Near the pass he stops at an inn where a collection of characters gather, including a gang set on stealing shogunate gold that's soon to come over the pass. When the Ronin's assignment becomes clear, to help the gang, he's ordered to kill the inn's residents, including a woman he's rescued from an abusive husband. He's reluctant to murder innocent people; then he learns that the gold shipment is a trap and he's part of a double cross. How he sorts through these divided loyalties tests of his samurai honor, and perhaps of his love for a woman. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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ronin | jidai geki | martial arts

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Samurai drama bears repeat viewings
16 September 2002 | by (Scottsdale, AZ) – See all my reviews

Mifune and Katsu made two movies together around 1970, this one and Zatoichi vs Yojimbo, an entry in the "blind swordsman" series. This one has significantly better direction (not surprising since Inagaki is one of the best) and production values and a more interesting ensemble of characters. For fans of the Zatoichi series, its fun seeing Katsu in such a different role. Mifune plays his usual laconic yojimbo character, however, a little more serious-minded than usual. The plot structure reminded me of Petrified Forest as a diverse group of characters assemble at the remote inn run by a miserly old man together with his romantically minded granddaughter. I like this film more each time I watch it due to the eccentric characters and their interactions. Although it's not an A list film on a par with many of Kurosawa, Kobayashi or even others by Inagaki (Samurai trilogy, Chushingura) its well done and fun. Definitely recommended for fans of Mifune and samurai movies.


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