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The Shogun's Samurai (1978)

Yagyû ichizoku no inbô (original title)
Following the death of the second Tokugawa shogun, it is revealed that he was poisoned by retainers of his son Iemitsu in hopes of gaining him the shogunate despite the stammer and ... See full summary »

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Kinnosuke Nakamura ...
Yagyu Tajima-no-Kami Munenori (as Kinnosuke Yorozuya Nakamura)
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Yagyû Jûbê (as Sonny Chiba)
Hiroki Matsukata ...
Teruhiko Saigô ...
Tokugawa Tadanaga (Younger Prince)
Reiko Ôhara ...
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Sanza Nagoya (Flute Player)
Etsuko Shihomi ...
Yagyu Akane (Yagyu Sister)
Kentarô Kudô ...
Yagyu Matajuro (Yagyu Brother)
Jirô Yabuki ...
Yagyu Samon (Yagyu Brother) (as Jiro Yabuki)
Hideo Murota ...
Sagenta Nogero (Leader of Negoro Clan)
Mayumi Asano ...
Mon (Fighter of Negoro Clan)
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Hayate (Fighter of Negoro Clan)
Ichirô Nakatani ...
Gyobu Amano (Masterless Samurai)
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Ogasawara Gensinsai (Tajima's Rival)
Etsushi Takahashi ...
Matsudaira Izu (Iemitsu's Chamberlain)
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Following the death of the second Tokugawa shogun, it is revealed that he was poisoned by retainers of his son Iemitsu in hopes of gaining him the shogunate despite the stammer and birthmark which undermine his respect. Iemitsu and his brother Tadanaga become bitter rivals for the shogunate, and the land is split into factions, eventually erupting into warfare. Iemitsu's mentor, his fencing instructor Yagyu, is fixated upon securing Iemitsu the shogunate and ends up betraying everyone, even his own family, in pursuit of the goal. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Really well done Samurai picture
25 July 2001 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

After the second Tokugawa Shogun has died unexpectedly but mysteriously, the is a struggle for succession between two of his sons.

Though the history is bogus, there are plenty of opportunities for Samurai fighting. It is also well written and acted.

Wonderful color, costumes, sets and countryside in widescreen. A grade A production all around.


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