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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
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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 compelling drama about...yes, making tea
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The rituals of peacetime prove to be more dangerous than the perils of war for the restless Samurai of the film's title, brought low not by swordplay but by the arcane study of the tea ceremony. Eager to learn its secrets, he accepts an invitation to wed his master's eldest daughter, despite having already promised himself to the sister of a rival warrior. Duplicity leads to tragedy in this potent melodrama, told with an urgency uncommon to Japanese medieval romance. Director Masahiro Shinoda, once an assistant to Ozu and at the time a rising star on the international film circuit, demonstrates again his assured technique, blending classical themes of honor and duty with a more colorful, contemporary approach to style.


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