MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 33,528 this week

The Secret of the Urn (1966)
"Tange Sazen: Hien iaigiri" (original title)

7.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.0/10 from 198 users  
Reviews: 3 user | 4 critic

Loyal samurai Samanosuke is attacked, mutilated, and left for dead while carrying out a mission for his clan. He recovers but has lost an eye and an arm. Taking a new identity as Tange ... See full summary »

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 1629 titles
created 22 Jan 2012
 
list image
a list of 15 titles
created 30 May 2012
 
a list of 281 titles
created 20 Jun 2012
 
a list of 132 titles
created 10 months ago
 
a list of 8 titles
created 4 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Secret of the Urn (1966)

The Secret of the Urn (1966) on IMDb 7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Secret of the Urn.

Videos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Red Lion (1969)
Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Impersonating an Imperial Army officer by wearing a "red lion's mane", a poor servant returns to his village after 10 years of absence to end the village's suffering caused by corrupt ... See full summary »

Director: Kihachi Okamoto
Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Shima Iwashita, Etsushi Takahashi
47 Samurai (1962)
Action | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

After their lord is tricked into committing ritual suicide, forty-seven samurai warriors await the chance to avenge their master and reclaim their honor.

Director: Hiroshi Inagaki
Stars: Yûzô Kayama, Chûsha Ichikawa, Tatsuya Mihashi
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Through his unconscionable actions against others, a sociopath samurai builds a trail of vendettas that follow him closely.

Director: Kihachi Okamoto
Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Michiyo Aratama, Yûzô Kayama
Action | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Akemi and the man of her clan confront their opponents; Akemi delivers a sword thrust to kill the opponents' leader, and Aiko, his daughter, tries to interpose herself, suffering a glancing... See full summary »

Director: Teruo Ishii
Stars: Meiko Kaji, Hoki Tokuda, Makoto Satô
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Director: Kenji Misumi
Stars: Hideki Takahashi, Ken Ogata, Masaomi Kondô
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

(Japanese with English subtitles) A disgraced warrior planning the murder of a Japanese diplomat, and a ninja in the employ of a navy official are about to land in San Francisco when a band... See full summary »

Director: Kihachi Okamoto
Stars: Christopher Mayer, Hiroyuki Sanada, Scott Bachicha
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Special Forces commander Captain Tadamori returns to Kyoto after successfully defeating the uprising of pirates in the western sea of Japan. But because the high courtiers dislike career ... See full summary »

Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
Stars: Narutoshi Hayashi, Raizô Ichikawa, Tatsuya Ishiguro
Bôryoku gai (1974)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

An retired yakuza is caught in the middle of a growing conflict between two rival clans.

Director: Hideo Gosha
Stars: Noboru Andô, Akira Kobayashi, Isao Natsuyagi
Tracked (1985)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  
Director: Hideo Gosha
Stars: Ken Ogata, Atsuko Asano, Takuzô Kawatani
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Director: Hideo Gosha
Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Shima Iwashita, Kôichi Satô
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Set during the 1700s, the film centers on the life and murder of Okichi (Kanako Higuchi), the bored wife of a wealthy Osaka oil merchant... See full synopsis »

Director: Hideo Gosha
Stars: Kanako Higuchi, Miwako Fujitani, Shin'ichi Tsutsumi
Oar (1985)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Director: Hideo Gosha
Stars: Ken Ogata, Yukiyo Toake, Yûko Natori
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Bin Amatsu
Keiko Awaji ...
Fuji
Takuya Fujioka
Kiyoshi Hitomi
Minoru Hodaka
Wakaba Irie
Yoshinobu Kaneko
Seizaburô Kawazu
Isao Kimura ...
Yagyu Genzaburo
Ichitarô Kuni
Kinji Nakamura
Kinnosuke Nakamura ...
Samanosuke / Tange Sazen
Shinnosuke Ogata
Junkichi Orimoto
Kyôichi Satô
Edit

Storyline

Loyal samurai Samanosuke is attacked, mutilated, and left for dead while carrying out a mission for his clan. He recovers but has lost an eye and an arm. Taking a new identity as Tange Sazen, he searches for a stolen urn which has hidden significance to his clan. But Tange Sazen has his own reasons for seeking the urn. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

remake


Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

25 May 1966 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Samourai sans honneur  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Remake of Sazen Tange and the Pot Worth a Million Ryo (1935) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Merely average; see only if you're a fan.
16 July 2001 | by (San Francisco, CA) – See all my reviews

I wanted to like this one, but for a number of reasons, I just couldn't get into it. First of all, I'm not a big fan of the actor playing the hero -- perhaps its that he's missing an eye (at least, the character is), but he really doesn't put in a compelling performance, which is rare for a Gosha protagonist. The plot and theme are typical Gosha (lower-ranked samurai gets screwed by his conniving lord, and is now out for justice of his own devise), but it all feels a little half-hearted. Though there are some good examples of Gosha's camera work, he also seems to be trying a bit too hard with some shots, and not hard enough with others.

Finally, for an adventure/revenge story, this one just doesn't have a lot of "drive" to it. I kept waiting for the suspense to kick in, but it never did. I can't say that you should avoid this one, but I certainly can't recommend it to anyone who isn't already a fan of Gosha's work. If you want to see a couple of _great_ examples of Gosha's earlier B&W movies, see "Sanbiki no samurai" (his first movie) or "Kedamono no ken" (his second). If you're just looking for an introduction to Gosha (or chamabara movies), I'd start with Goyokin.


6 of 17 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Enjoyed this doleman
Discuss The Secret of the Urn (1966) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?