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18 September 1965 (Japan) See more »
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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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
Kentarô Yuasa .... fight choreographer
Camera and Electrical Department
Takayuki Aida .... lighting technician
Yasushi Gonaikawa .... gaffer
Kazuo Kishiro .... camera operator
Other crew
Nana Kobashi .... continuity

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Kedamono no ken" - Japan (original title)
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85 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Minister:Wait! We're not connected at all. Why kill me?
Yuuki Gennosuke:No, we *are* connected because I'll see you in hell.
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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Stong direction, photography and action enliven a standard theme, 27 October 2007
Author: Chung Mo from NYC

There are many films set in the feudal period of Japan that can be read as commentary on contemporary Japanese life. Here a couple of well-meaning and excellent sword-fighters are used by their superiors to further selfish agendas. The "beast" of the title is not a crazy samurai but rather the noble hero who is forced by treachery to forgo his social connections and travel from place to place like a roaming beast.

As western values permeate Japan, the conflict between the individual, as personified by the wandering noble ronin who gives up attempting to reconnect with normalcy (or in American cinema, the western hero who rises above social norm and becomes an ideal to attain), and the good samurai who upholds social stability to the detriment of his own needs (no real American equivalent) found itself expressed in period Japanese films. Many Japanese films of the 1960's and 70's feature characters who reject old fashioned values in the name of justice, yet suffer and never really are able to enjoy their good deeds. This film is set in the time after Commander Perry's ships essentially invaded Japanese territory and threw Japanese society for a spin.

Well-made, good acting and a solid directorial effort makes this a good samurai film even if the repeated flash-backs might be confusing. Unfortunately there are some excellent films that cover this topic already so this particular film seems unremarkable by comparison.

Good film and recommended.

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