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Sleepy Eyes of Death: Sword of Seduction (1964)
"Nemuri Kyoshiro 4: Joyoken" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  17 October 1964 (Japan)
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Credited cast:
Raizô Ichikawa ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michiko Ai ...
Princess Kiku
Akira Amemiya
Shinjirô Asano ...
Sir Fujinami Yamato - Chief Vassal
Saburô Date ...
Honmei-Tekisatsu Fortune Teller / Ninja
Hajime Etsukawa
Jun Fujikawa
Shiho Fujimura ...
Kosuzu - Torizo's Sister
Takaji Fukui
Yûji Hamada
Jun Hamamura ...
Dr. Muroya Jundo - Official Physician of the Shogunate's Inner Court
Masumi Harukawa ...
Osen - A traveling oiran
Yoshio Inaba ...
Bizen-ya the Merchant
Gen Kimura
Katsuhiko Kobayashi ...
Torizo - a Underground Christian


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17 October 1964 (Japan)  »

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Sleepy Eyes of Death: Sword of Seduction  »

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Takebe: [after Sir Kyoshiro revealed Princess Kiku's facial disfigurement by cutting he Noh face mask] How cruel!
[Walks towards Kyoshiro]
Takebe: How dare you humiliate the noble Princess of all people? It's unforgivable, you pitiful ronin!
Nemuri Kyoshiro: "Of all people?" Then what would you call all of her victims? The ones in the Inner Court... and in the streets! Not even dogs or cats kill each other so brutally!
Takebe: [Screams] Be quiet!
Nemuri Kyoshiro: I won't!
Takebe: [Unsheathes his sword] Why, you...
Nemuri Kyoshiro: That woman's gone insane! She's ugly, but others ...
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Now i understand why Nemury Kyoshiro was well known in Japan
12 August 2001 | by (Montreal, Canada) – See all my reviews

Many directors say they are influence by Nemury Kyoshiro series. they always said it's a violent series, very dark and symbolic. But when i watch the 3 first, i just dont understand how they can say that.

But with this one, i understand. This movie was disturbing and very violent for the time it was made. Nemury deal with religion, hypocrite, greedy people and lunatics aristocrats. The villains are sadistic and the heroes kill without problem.

This movie set the path for the bloody chanbara of the 70's like Lone Wolf and Cub, Lady Snowblood or Henzo The Blade.

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