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Shôgun Iemitsu no ranshin - Gekitotsu (1989)

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Iemitsu, Tokugawa Shogun III, hates his eldest son Takechiyo; all his love is given to his younger son Tokumatsu. One day, he orders Takechiyo to an initiation rite in Yedo (today's Tokio).... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Ken Ogata ...
Igo Gyobu
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Norihito Arai ...
Koori Deneemon
Toshihiro Asari ...
Sobue Iori
Iba Shoemon (as Sonny Chiba)
Jianqiang Hu ...
Shishi Jingoemon
Miyuki Kanô ...
Masaki Kyômoto ...
Hiroki Matsukata ...
Abe Shigetsugu
Takeshi Maya ...
Hotta Masatoshi
Hiroyuki Nagato ...
Tagaya Rokubee
Masataka Naruse ...
Domon Genzaburo
Sayoko Ninomiya ...
Yûji Oda ...
Tobe Saheiji
Ippei Shigeyama ...


Iemitsu, Tokugawa Shogun III, hates his eldest son Takechiyo; all his love is given to his younger son Tokumatsu. One day, he orders Takechiyo to an initiation rite in Yedo (today's Tokio). Takechiyo lives far away under the surveillance of Hotta Masamori, head of the Skura clan, where he was also raised. Hotta does suspect some kind of treachery, but he can not ignore the direct command of the Shogun. Therefore, he starts on his travel with Takechiyo and seven accompanying samurais. A large army under the command of Iba Shoemon, a vassal of the Shogun, attacks their night camp in the vicinity of a copper mine. Hotta dies in this first battle, but Takechiyo and the samurai manage to escape. They are chased by the army, and several skirmishes between the small force and the larger army follow. Written by Guido Roessling <>

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14 January 1989 (Japan)  »

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Geki Totsu: The Insanity of Emperor Iemitsu  »

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Cool samurai/adventure film
3 June 2004 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

This was a cool samurai/adventure film. Lots of swordplay action, and lots of other cool action scenes too. Too bad Sonny Chiba's not in it more than he is though. He plays the main villain, so we don't get to follow him as much as the team of heroes.

The story is about a child who is the heir to become the next shogun, but the bad guys doesn't want that. They want some other kid to become the next shogun instead. Anyway, to become the next shogun the kid has to be in a certain temple at a certain time, and it's up to the good guys to get him there, and the bad guys try to stop them.

This is pop-samurai action at its best. Go look for it.

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