MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 30,184 this week

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

 -  Drama  -  15 January 1986 (Japan)
7.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.1/10 from 190 users  
Reviews: 4 user | 6 critic

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 »

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 45 titles
created 19 Oct 2010
 
a list of 466 titles
created 13 May 2012
 
a list of 442 titles
created 29 Jan 2013
 
a list of 3428 titles
created 8 months ago
 
list image
a list of 803 titles
created 6 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Gonza the Spearman (1986)

Gonza the Spearman (1986) on IMDb 7.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Gonza the Spearman.
1 win & 7 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Samurai Spy (1965)
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The legendary samurai Sasuke Sarutobi tracks the spy Nojiri, while a mysterious figure named Sakon leads a band of men on their own quest for the wily Nojiri. Soon no one knows just who is ... See full summary »

Director: Masahiro Shinoda
Stars: Hiroshi Aoyama, Jun Hamamura, Osamu Hitomi
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

The day before Japan announces its defeat in WW2, a very ill Shusaku arrives in Okayama. He meets Shinko, an innkeeper, who inadvertently gives him the will to live as he spies her crying ... See full summary »

Director: Yoshishige Yoshida
Stars: Mariko Okada, Hiroyuki Nagato, Sumiko Hidaka
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

The trials and tribulations of Eddie and other transvestites in Japan.

Director: Toshio Matsumoto
Stars: Pîtâ, Osamu Ogasawara, Toyosaburo Uchiyama
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Director: Francesco Rosi
Stars: Rod Steiger, Salvo Randone, Guido Alberti
Pale Flower (1964)
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Muraki, a hardboiled Yakuza gangster, has just been released from prison after serving a sentence for murder. Revisiting his old gambling haunts, he meets Saeko, a striking young ... See full summary »

Director: Masahiro Shinoda
Stars: Ryô Ikebe, Mariko Kaga, Takashi Fujiki
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Director: Yoshishige Yoshida
Stars: Mariko Okada, Kaizo Kamoda, Naho Kimura
Goyôkin (1969)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A guilt-haunted samurai warrior attempts to stop a massacre taking place.

Director: Hideo Gosha
Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Tetsurô Tanba, Yôko Tsukasa
Owls' Castle (1999)
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

As the great military commander Nobunaga Oda was consolidating his power across Japan, one of his actions was to wipe out a clan of assassins, killing every man, woman and child he found in... See full summary »

Director: Masahiro Shinoda
Stars: Kiichi Nakai, Mayu Tsuruta, Riona Hazuki
Dry Lake (1960)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Director: Masahiro Shinoda
Stars: Shin'ichirô Mikami, Shima Iwashita, Kayoko Honoo
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Director: Kazuhiko Hasegawa
Stars: Yutaka Mizutani, Mieko Harada, Etsuko Ichihara
Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  
Director: Masahiro Shinoda
Stars: Takeshi Kaga, Masato Furuoya, Jun Hamamura
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Director: Masahiro Shinoda
Stars: Shima Iwashita, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Kei Satô
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Haruko Kato ...
Oyuki's nanny
Hideji Ôtaki ...
Iwaki
Kuniko Miyake ...
Iwaki's wife
Chôichirô Kawarasaki ...
Jinbei
...
Fumiemon
Jun Hamamura
Shôichi Ozawa
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hiromi Gô ...
Gonza Sasano
Shôhei Hino ...
Bannojo
...
Osai
Kaori Mizushima ...
Okiku
Misako Tanaka ...
Oyuki
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

15 January 1986 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Gonza - keihäsmies  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

,  »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Referenced in Bento Monogatari (2010) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Interesting Period Piece, but...
23 October 1999 | by (austin) – See all my reviews

GONZA the SPEARMAN's true asset is the acting of Iwashita Shima, who has acted in many other films of director Shinoda (also her husband.) I actually sat down expecting to be blown away by the combination of cinematographer Miyagawa (Rashomon, Ugetsu), composer Takemitsu (Ran, Kwaidan) and Shinoda...but what a disappointment!

The picture is gorgeous to look at, and the sounds effectively disturbing when Iwashita bursts into her womanly rage and jealousy. Yet, GONZA does not hold well as a whole. The title character Gonza is a pretty boy-slash-expert-spearman, but his is a performance that is wooden at best. Much of his character is not demonstrated visually or by story, but rather we learn about his nature and personality through what others sing or speak of him.

Another bothersome aspect is the lack of relationship between people and space. You are likely to walk away from the picture feeling detached from the characters, because they just seem to float about on the streets, in this room and that, etc. I mean, static cutaway shots do not necessarily edit well together - to give a sense of Iwashita's opulence and isolation (although these were supposedly desired effects.)

This much said, GONZA is still quite an interesting adaptation of a puppet theatre play by Japan's "Shakespeare", Chikamatsu, an 18th century playwright. Shinoda wisely weaves together a parallel between the art of the tea ceremony and the stifling insitution and ideologies of marriage. The story is a tragic melodrama that ends in a bloody fare, which is really necessary to restore the sense of order both the play and film are suspect of criticism.

One especially haunting sequence of the film arrives just after the killing: that of a distraught woman by the sea, singing the song of her murdered lover - the spectre of whom gallops past her on a white horse (you may recall a similar sequence from Truffaut's Story of Adele H., where a maddened Adele hallucinates the lover who abandoned her.)


2 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Gonza the Spearman (1986) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?