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 »
Shiba, a wandering ronin, encounters a band of peasants who have kidnapped the daughter of their dictatorial magistrate, in hopes of coercing from him a reduction in taxes. Shiba takes up ... See full summary »
February 17 to March 3, 1860, inside Edo castle. A group of assassins wait by Sakurada Gate to kill the lord of the House of Ii, a powerful man in the Tokugawa government, which has ruled ... See full summary »
In Okayama in the mid-1930s, Kiroku attends high school and boards with a Catholic family whose daughter, Michiko, captures his heart. He must, however, hide his ardor and other aspects of ... See full summary »
Long before the events of the movie Ôki, who was approaching middle age, had a relation to 16-year-old Otoko. She got pregnant, but the child was stillborn. Their relation stopped at the ... See full summary »
The first period film from Shochiku graduate, Masahiro Shinoda. The film follows the brief life of Hachiro Kiyokawa, an ambitious ronin (master-less samurai) in a time of political tumult in 19th Century Japan. Kiyokawa, a mysterious character and expert swordsman, shifts between both factions - the Tokugawa Shogunate and the Emperor - to further his own ends.
Ansatsu is a strongly nihilistic film, characterized by a lack of honour on all sides. The tone is set early on in the film, when the man charged with assassinating Kiyokawa challenges him to a public duel. Despite losing the duel, he does not take his own life for the sake of his honour and his master bemoans it as a sign of the times; the descent of honourable samurai into political assassins, for sale to the highest bidder. The Kyoto ronins have no loyalty or ideals and Kiyokawa himself embodies an amoral, mercenary attitude to life - mediating peace in the face of civil war only to realize his own ambitions of power. The film is lavishly shot in black and white cinema scope and features a fantastic, atmospheric score by Toru Takemitsu.
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