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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 Shiomi ...
Yagyu Akane (Yagyu Sister) (as Etsuko Shihomi)
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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Great chanbara!
28 February 2001 | by (Honolulu, Hawai'i) – See all my reviews

I do not know if this movie was made from the first three episodes of the "Yagyuu Conspiracy" TV series or the start of the series made out of the movie, or it was all shot with the idea of the film being a feeder for the series.

In any case, the movie has the same dynamic cast and excellent story cohesion the series featured (my all-time favorite chanbara series). Production values are high, characters interesting (especially the antagonist, imperial noble Kurasumaru, who is an equally dedicated and loyal servant, just of an opposing side), and the plot far more coherent than many Asian offerings. The fight choreography is dynamic yet plausible, but this is not just a string of fight scenes. The setting is a civil war between two sons of a just-dead shogun, and the movie does not slight the importance of politics and maneuvering the powerful nobles into one's camp. On top of this, the third side of the imperial nobles is trying to use the shogun wannabes to weaken the power of the shogunate and restore actual power to the Emperor. This, rather than the Streetfighter movies, made me a Sonny Chiba fan. When can we get this on DVD with English subtitles? (Personally, I hate most dubbing on films. I can read fast enough for subtitles and I prefer hearing the original actor's delivery.)


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