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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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Visually appealing, the soundtrack is poor, interesting historical perspective. See more (16 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

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

Directed by
Noribumi Suzuki 
 
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Fumio Kônami 
Ichirô Ôtsu  screenplay

Cinematography by
Tôru Nakajima 
 

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Visually appealing, the soundtrack is poor, interesting historical perspective., 5 April 2004
Author: aggie80 from United States

Hiroyuki Sanada is once again playing a part with his mentor Sonny Chiba, this time as opposing forces. Basic plot thread is easy to follow and hangs together fairly well. Very typical lot of self sacrificing colleagues to insure that the hero wins in the end, but at what cost!

There are a number of rather impressive fight scenes, and while they were Pretty typical, there was a bit more variety in the weapons that I liked. The pretty chinese girl with her red lacquer nunchuck and the hero with his short sword(s). A few great scenes. The original destruction of the hero's castle while he was a child sticks with me. I liked the battle in the ruler's castle, with the ladies in waiting using their naginta to defend their lord. A number of mysterious strangers that show up at the right time to help.

The use of muskets in many of the battles adds both a thread of historical accuracy, and the challenges of working them into a martial arts based flick. I found the ninja in the correct color of blue rather refreshing over the typical mis-used black. But the camoflage ninja where rather strange, since the pattern looked identical to the recent military designs.

The one thing absent from this compared to many of the genre is the use of magic.

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