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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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5 nominations See more »
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Interesting Story with Sonny Chiba in command 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 2 people found the following review useful.
Interesting Story with Sonny Chiba in command, 6 July 2006
Author: Nir Elizov from Israel

The Yagyu Conspiracy is an historical saga that take place in Japan on the 17th century. It is in fact a family tragedy. The story is well made and the movie is interesting, I even consider to learn some more on Japan history after watching this film, it may be of a use when watching samurai movies. I find it very important to learn about the countries that produce a genera cinema. Except from the story I find the movie a bit short on action, also the battles are too short and photograph from wide angle which makes it a bit hard to understand who are the bad guys and who are the good guys.

Sonny Chiba is doing his usually tough guy acting, and I love him for that, without him this movie would have been another non interesting samurai flick. It is sad that you don't see him as much on this long movie. Unless you are a sonny Chiba fanatic like me, don't buy it Rent it!

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