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15 November 1980 (Japan) See more »
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In the middle of the 16th century, Hideyoshi, a power hungry warlord sets out to destroy the Momochi clan... See more » | Add synopsis »
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A good Sonny Chiba / Ninja flick, if it weren't for ... See more (16 total) »

Cast

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Hiroyuki Sanada ... Momochi Takamaru

Shin'ichi Chiba ... Shiranui Shogen (as Sonny Chiba)
Etsuko Shihomi ... Ai-Lian
Yuki Ninagawa ... Otsu
Tetsurô Tanba ... Tozawa Hakuunsai

Isao Natsuyagi ... Hattori Hanzo
Asao Koike ... Toyotomi Hideyoshi
Makoto Satô ... Junka no Yatoji
Fumio Watanabe ... Tokugawa Ieyasu
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Masumi Harukawa ... Yodo-Gimi
Masashi Ishibashi ... Momochi Sandayu
Lee Murayama ... Tang Shun-Qi (as Ichiryu Li)
Yôko Nogiwa ... Chiyo
Katsumasa Uchida ... Shiranui Gennosuke

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Noribumi Suzuki 
 
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Fumio Kônami 
Ichirô Ôtsu  screenplay

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Tôru Nakajima 
 

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A good Sonny Chiba / Ninja flick, if it weren't for ..., 31 March 2006
Author: p-rodriguez-1 from Germany

... well, if it weren't for Sonny Chiba himself! Good, nobody ever put Chiba amongst the great Shakespearian actors (unlike his protégé and star Hiroyuki Sanada). Let's just say he employed less acting skill than Gregory Peck in 'The Omen' (were ol' Peck at least raised an eyebrow now and again) and Monica Belluci (who may be anything - a fine looking young lady - but not an actor). Fact is, Chiba doesn't act at all! He's simply there in the picture! Not so much as a facial twitch throughout the entire movie! Granted, Japanese heroes are to be cool. See 'The Last Samurai' ... hell, cooler than 'Shack' and Ryan O'Neal put into a bag. But for his role as 'Shogun', Chiba may well have been lobotomized! Second 'Minus' of the film: the horrid dance-sequence of Hiroyuki Sanada, which may well haunt this fine actor to the end of his career. God, if only I had fallen asleep during this sequence and never perceived it at all! But no, there it is, burned right into my memory and causing me to break out into insane giggles during the final battle of 'Last Samurai' ...

Then there is the terrible, terrible pseudo-Jazz score, that would have made many-a Porn flick look earnest --- if only the producers would have take a hint from 'Shoguns Assassin', but no ...

... apart from all that, the film would have actually been worth viewing ...

... WOULD have, I say!

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