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Gonza the Spearman (1986)
"Yari no gonza" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  15 January 1986 (Japan)
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The tragic story of Gonza, a handsome ladies man, set in the Tokagawa Period, a time in which appearences are very important. Gonza competes with Bannojo for the honor to perform the tea ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Haruko Kato ...
Oyuki's nanny
Hideji Ôtaki ...
Iwaki
Kuniko Miyake ...
Iwaki's wife
Chôichirô Kawarasaki ...
Jinbei
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Fumiemon
Jun Hamamura
Shôichi Ozawa
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hiromi Gô ...
Gonza Sasano
Shôhei Hino ...
Bannojo
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Osai
Kaori Mizushima ...
Okiku
Misako Tanaka ...
Oyuki
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The tragic story of Gonza, a handsome ladies man, set in the Tokagawa Period, a time in which appearences are very important. Gonza competes with Bannojo for the honor to perform the tea ceremony to celebrate the birth of an heir to the lord of their clan. To see the sacred tea scrolls Gonza promises to marry the daughter of the family which possesses them, even though he is unofficially engaged to another. When studying the scrolls with Osai, the mother of the house, Bannajo sneaks into the house and steals their obis and runs through the town proclaiming the two as adulterers. Written by PastaQueen

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A wonderful classic samurai story.
16 August 2001 | by (Irvine, CA) – See all my reviews

The sets and costumes are wonderful and take you back to the early Tokugawa period. If you feel that some of the acting is understated you should remember that the people of the samurai class were not supposed to show their emotions. They should be quiet, calm and composed no matter what the circumstances. It is in the Japanese theatre, bunraku and kabuki, that emotions are allowed greater freedom. So I think the acting is an authentic portrayal of the period.

The beautiful color photography should also be mentioned.


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