MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 25,639 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 222 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...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

Family Entertainment Guide: IMDb on the Street

IMDb visited the Santa Monica Pier to ask families about their favorite movies from this summer, as well as their favorite all-time movies, TV shows, and characters.

See our Family Entertainment Guide

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 387 titles
created 06 Mar 2013
 
a list of 531 titles
created 20 Nov 2013
 
a list of 47 titles
created 12 Jul 2014
 
a list of 34 titles
created 6 months ago
 
a list of 226 titles
created 1 month 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

1 video »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Samurai Spy (1965)
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The legendary samurai Sasuke Sarutobi gets caught in a web of political intrigue, deception and espionage during the early 17th century.

Director: Masahiro Shinoda
Stars: Hiroshi Aoyama, Jun Hamamura, Osamu Hitomi
The Wolves (1971)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Seiji Iwahashi is released early from a 10-year prison sentence for killing the boss of a rival. He returns to find the two rival gangs finalizing a merger. When a pattern of corruption is ... See full summary »

Director: Hideo Gosha
Stars: Rumi Aiki, Hideyo Amamoto, Noboru Andô
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
Action | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The villain is called Amakusa SHIRO Tokaisada. He is actually based on a real christian samurai. The movie was one of the inspirations for the game called 'Samurai Shodown' (actual spelling)

Director: Kinji Fukasaku
Stars: Shin'ichi Chiba, Kenji Sawada, Akiko Kana
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 | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Director: Hideo Gosha
Stars: Isao Natsuyagi, Ichirô Nakatani, Bin Amatsu
Bôryoku gai (1974)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 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
The Geisha (1983)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

1933. 20 years before, Katsuzo was in love with a geisha who gave him a daughter. They tried to run away together but they were caught and the woman was killed under his eyes. Now he is a ... See full summary »

Director: Hideo Gosha
Stars: Ken Ogata, Kimiko Ikegami, Atsuko Asano
Chiyari Fuji (1955)
Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A samurai travels to Edo with his two servants. On their way, they meet many people and encounter great injustice.

Director: Tomu Uchida
Stars: Chiezo Kataoka, Ryûnosuke Tsukigata, Chizuru Kitagawa
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Before leaving prison, Oida uncomfortably enters into an agreement with his cell mate: in exchange for a half-share of 30,000,000 yen... See full synopsis »

Director: Hideo Gosha
Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Ichirô Nakatani, Hisashi Igawa
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Director: Hideo Gosha
Stars: Yûko Natori, Rino Katase, Jinpachi Nezu
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
Kazutarô 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 | See All (1) »


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:
?