Kumokiri Nizaemon, a former samurai warrior, has abandoned his class to become the leader of a gang of thieves. He leads his outlaws in an attempt to rob the castle of his former clan.

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Kumokiri Nizaemon
Kôshirô Matsumoto ...
Shikibu Abe (as Somegorô Ichikawa)
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Chiyo
Keiko Matsuzaka ...
Shino
Teruhiko Aoi ...
Priest Rokunosuke
Hiroyuki Nagato ...
Kichigorô
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Tominoichi
Hideo Takamatsu ...
Tôbei Yamada
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Kumagorô
Mikio Narita ...
Fukuzaemon
Junko Miyashita ...
Menbiki Okyo
Shôji Ishibashi ...
Hyotarô Takase
Mitsuko Baishô ...
Omatsu
Takashi Yamaguchi ...
Councillor Tsugutomo Owari
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Kichibei Matsuya
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Kumokiri Nizaemon, a former samurai warrior, has abandoned his class to become the leader of a gang of thieves. He leads his outlaws in an attempt to rob the castle of his former clan.

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Very hit and miss, watch of a hardcore fan of the genre
14 April 2008 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

I'm sure that even if you're reading this you're very possibly curious about what it's like and I would recommend it...though perhaps only if you've got nearly three hours to kill and you're heavily into samurai flicks, or I guess like Tatsuya Nakadai.

Basically this is very inconsistent, with flashes of real genius (and clearly an influence on modern western directors) and then there are other parts that make no sense at all. In fairness, I gather these films tend to get badly edited and that may explain a lot and as a Westerner there are always references made in these films, or ways characters deliberately behave, that we culturally just don't understand and it doesn't help us as western viewers. However, that's not to criticise our own "anglo-saxon" notion of how a story should develop, and its not to detract from the fact that there are parts of the film that frankly don't make a lot of sense, but as said, give it a watch if you are curious, just don't worry if you go "Uh!?" a lot thinking the film is a work of demented intelligence and you don't get it...the point is parts of it just don't make sense. But still, I did find if captivating and I just ignored the dodgy bits.

As for lovers of lots of blood in your samurai flick - you will definitely love parts of this. In fact, next time my friends are over I'm going to show them the gory bits! Well you know...boys...

Let's just say if you've seen the end of Kurosawa's Sanjuro, this is the same, except it happens a few times more...and in colour.


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