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Toshio Kamata (writer)
Ryo Hanmura (novel)
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Release Date:
January 1981 (USA) See more »
A squadron of Japanese Self-Defense Force soldiers find themselves transported through time to their country's warring states era... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Shin'ichi Chiba ... Lt. Yoshiaki Iba (as Sonny Chiba)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jun Etô ... Nobuhiko Ken
Moeko Ezawa ... Widow Yui
Ryô Hayami ... Kazumichi Morishita
Noriko Honma ... Old Woman
Koji Iizuka ... Shokichi
Masashi Ishibashi ... Hosokawa Fujitaka
Toshitaka Itô ... Seaman Harumi Takashima
Haruki Kadokawa ... Sanada Masayuki
Takuzô Kadono ... Seaman Toshishige Suga
Hiroshi Kamayatsu ... Mokichi Nemoto
Goro Kataoka ... Tategawa Katsuzo
Hiroshi Katsuno ... Track Coach
Tadashi Katô ... Sgt. Hideo Shimizu
Kenzô Kawarasaki ... Koji Kano
Shin Kishida ... Naoe Bungo
Asao Koike ... Koizumi Yukinaga
Shinkoma Kokontei ... Kenji Hori
Kentarô Kudô ... Ishiba Takehide
Isao Kuraishi ... Masao Maruoka
Masao Kusakari ... Masakichi
Shin'ichirô Mikami ... Goichi Shimada
Yoichi Miura ... Manabu Nonaka
Kôji Naka ... Taisuke Mimura
Hirohisa Nakata ... Kuroda Naoharu
Noboru Nakaya ... Yoshitaka Kujo
Mikio Narita ... Kosa

Isao Natsuyagi ... Nagao Kagetora
Akira Nishikino ... Koji Kikuchi
Nana Okada ... Kazuko Arai
Miyuki Ono ... Miwa
Maiko Otsuka ... Mai
Raita Ryû ... Haruhisa Kimura

Hiroyuki Sanada ... Takeda Katsuyori
Jinya Sato ... Osamu Seki
Gajirô Satô ... Foot Soldier
Akihiro Shimizu ... Satoshi Onishi
Hiromitsu Suzuki ... Go Nishizawa
Mizuho Suzuki ... Ashikaga Yoshiaki
Ken Takahashi ... Masayoshi Hirai
Hiroshi Tanaka ... Takeda Shingen
Kaori Taniguchi ... Shokichi & Mai's Mother
Kazunaga Tsuji ... Shoichiro Ono
Katsumasa Uchida ... Asaba Yorichika
Ryûdô Uzaki ... Ochimusha
Tsunehiko Watase ... Hayato Yano
Hiroko Yakushimaru ... Young Takeda Samurai
Hitoshi Ômae ... Kuribayashi Magoichi

Directed by
Kôsei Saitô 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ryo Hanmura  novel
Toshio Kamata  writer

Produced by
Haruki Kadokawa .... executive producer
Takeshi Motomura .... producer
Original Music by
Kentaro Haneda 
Film Editing by
Shinya Inoue 
Art Direction by
Hiroshi Ueda 

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139 min | Norway:117 min | USA:85 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Australia:MA | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) (video rating) | Finland:K-18 | Norway:18 | UK:15 | UK:15 (cut) | West Germany:16

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Referenced in The Last Horror Film (1982)See more »


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10 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
The greatest tanks vs. Samurais movie ever made!, 29 August 2006
Author: TrevorAclea from London, England

Pop quiz: you're a part of the modern armed forces in peacetime on routine manoeuvres and you find yourself thrown back in time with a chance to change history. What do you do? Well, if you're a Hollywood studio, you change the Japanese G.I.s in G.I. Samurai (aka Timeslip) to the crew of an American aircraft carrier, have them debate stopping the attack on Pearl Harbour for 90 minutes and then go home and hope that no-one reminds you that Japan did it first and with more balls in 1979 with this Sonny Chiba movie. But unlike its Hollywood counterpart The Final Countdown, this sees its premise through: thrown back 400 years into the Japanese feudal wars, its peacetime soldiers decide that their best hope of getting back lies in provoking history by trying to change it by joining with a warlord to conquer the country – cue lots of tank and helicopter vs. samurai action, including a very impressive unrelenting 25 minute battle sequence featuring a cast of thousands inflicting serious damage on each other. And yes, there are decapitations.

Of course, things don't go as planned, and even superior firepower doesn't stand up as well as hoped to thousands of soldiers. Even before that, the soldiers are falling out with each other into those who want to go home, those who want to go to war and those who want to rape and pillage for the Hell of it. Impressively directed and surprisingly well thought through, the soft rock and country and western songs are sometimes a distraction, especially when they feature English lyrics sung by Japanese singers who audibly can't pronounce the words let alone speak the language, but it's a forgivable flaw in a surprisingly good sci-fi actioner.

Optimum's UK DVD is a good transfer of the uncut 138-minute version.

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