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Director:
Writers:
Kinji Fukasaku (writer)
Hirô Matsuda (writer)
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Release Date:
7 December 1984 (USA) See more »
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Following the death of the second Tokugawa shogun, it is revealed that he was poisoned by retainers... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
5 nominations See more »
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Jubei ain't no David! See more (12 total) »

Cast

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Kinnosuke Nakamura ... Yagyu Tajima (as Kinnosuke Yorozuya Nakamura)

Shin'ichi Chiba ... Jûbê Yagyû (as Sonny Chiba)
Hiroki Matsukata ... Iemitsu Tokugawa (Older Prince)
Teruhiko Saigô ... Tadanaga Tokugawa (Younger Prince)
Reiko Ôhara ... Okuni (Singer)

Yoshio Harada ... Sanza Nagoya (Flute Player)
Etsuko Shihomi ... Yagyu Akane (Yagyu Sister)
Kentarô Kudô ... Yagyu Matajuro (Yagyu Brother)
Jirô Chiba ... Yagyu Samon (Yagyu Brother) (as Jiro Yabuki)
Hideo Murota ... Sagenta Nogero (Leader of Negoro Clan)
Mayumi Asano ... Mon (Fighter of Negoro Clan)

Hiroyuki Sanada ... Hayate (Fighter of Negoro Clan)
Ichirô Nakatani ... Gyobu Amano (Masterless Samurai)
Tetsurô Tanba ... Ogasawara Gensinsai (Tajima's Rival)
Etsushi Takahashi ... Matsudaira Izu (Iemitsu's Chamberlain)

Isao Natsuyagi ... Shozaemon Bekki (Tadanaga's Retainer)
Mikio Narita ... Ayamaro Karasumasu (Noble)
Sanae Nakahara ... Lady Kusaga (Iemitsu's Aid)
Nobuo Kaneko
Shinsuke Ashida ... Chamberlain Doi (Tadanaga's Chamberlain)
Isuzu Yamada ... Oeyo (Mother)

Toshirô Mifune ... Lord of Owari
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Seizô Fukumoto ... Yukinojo Gensinsai (Ogasawara's Son) (uncredited)
Sen Yano ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Kinji Fukasaku 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Kinji Fukasaku  writer
Hirô Matsuda  writer
Tatsuo Nogami  writer

Original Music by
Toshiaki Tsushima 
 
Cinematography by
Tôru Nakajima 
 
Art Direction by
Norimichi Igawa 
 
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Also Known As:
"Yagyû ichizoku no inbô" - Japan (original title)
"Intrigue of the Yagyu Clan" - International (English title) (literal title)
"Yagyu Clan Conspiracy" - USA
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130 min
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Referenced in Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)See more »

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1 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Jubei ain't no David!, 17 July 2008
Author: sc8031 from United States

I wanted to like this one a lot more than I did. Unfortunately there just wasn't enough memorable stuff in it. Not because it is not a good production, but because so many things happen involving lots and lots of characters, it becomes a struggle to follow the plot. I mean, you can follow it, but the wide scope causes the characters to bleed together. Only a few of them really stand out, the notable one being Yagyu Jubei -- Sonny Chiba's one-eyed ninja "character". Although he isn't the focus of the movie, he is the protagonist to be identified with and he ties all the social groups together.

Still, I didn't really like Yagyu Jubei. Sure, he's badass and all that, but what an unrealistic character! I just didn't care about him at all. He was like an anime character; he's some overly idealized manifestation of handsome bravado which borders on homo-erotic infatuation. Hahaha! But then again, isn't that why we like Michaelangelo's David so much? Hrmm....

Don't get me wrong, the movie is worth watching. It has some good (albeit fictional) plot twists and a few memorable characters who are rather unique (such as the dainty, foppish castle magistrate or the kids from the ninja village). There are some crucial fight scenes with ninjas, and we even get to see that legendary Japan Action Club fighting babe, Etsuko Shihomi before she dropped off the map! I've never seen the series this was related to (also featuring Sonny Chiba playing Jubei) but an extended TV format would work much better at developing the characters and plot twists. This movie is already pretty long, but it still feels scrunched together. It's like trying to make a crazy Sopranos-type show into a full-length movie. Not gonna work out too smoothly!

6.5

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