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Release Date:
18 September 1965 (Japan) See more »
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A fugitive samurai encounters a married couple who steal mountain gold for their clan. Upon hearing that the clan is going to betray and kill them, the samurai decides to fight for them. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Directed by
Hideo Gosha 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Hideo Gosha 
Eizaburo Shiba 

Produced by
Gin'ichi Kishimoto .... producer
Suguru Matsunaga .... assistant producer
Seichi Mori .... assistant producer
Masayuki Satô .... producer
 
Original Music by
Toshiaki Tsushima 
 
Cinematography by
Toshitada Tsuchiya 
 
Art Direction by
Mamoru Abe 
 
Makeup Department
Katsura Kawaguchi .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Akira Tsumura .... executive in charge of production
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Takumi Kitami .... first assistant director
Fukashi Kojima .... assistant director
Asatoshi Satô .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Kyôji Sasaki .... assistant art director
 
Sound Department
Toshiyuki Ishikawa .... sound
Masaharu Suzuki .... assistant sound
Tetsuo Yasuda .... sound effects editor
 
Special Effects by
Toshio Shinohara .... special effects
 
Stunts
Kentarô Yuasa .... fight choreographer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Takayuki Aida .... lighting technician
Yasushi Gonaikawa .... gaffer
Kazuo Kishiro .... camera operator
 
Other crew
Nana Kobashi .... archivist
 

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Also Known As:
"Kedamono no ken" - Japan (original title)
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Runtime:
85 min
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Quotes:
Yuuki Gennosuke:This mountain is a dwelling for beasts. I'll turn into a wolf too, before long... and take my share of that almighty gold.See more »

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12 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
A decent "anti-samurai" film, 10 February 2007
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

The film begins with a group of VERY determined samurai chasing another one in an attempt to kill him. You really don't know why, but it seems they've been chasing him for a long time. I really like the story-telling method where only slowly is the reason for this and other sub-plots revealed AFTER the major action has introduced the characters. While this could have made the film confusing, it didn't drag this mystery on for too long and ultimately created quite a tale. I particularly liked the overall theme of the meaninglessness of the corrupt samurai system--this could make the film a "downer" for some, but I really liked how it was a rebuttal to the myth of the beauty and elegance of the code of the warrior (much like the myth in Western society of knighthood and chivalry).

There were quite a few films made in Japan about the corruptness of the Japanese feudal system (such as THE 47 RONIN and SAMURAI SPY), so the overall focus of this anti-samurai film isn't that unusual. However, for fans of this genre, the film has good acting, writing and direction--so it certainly is recommended. It's just that there are other even better Japanese films that are worth seeing first.

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