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Release Date:
18 September 1965 (Japan) See more »
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Gennosuke, a clan retainer, kills one of the clan ministers as part of a plot to achieve reform. He is pursued by his former comrades... See more » | 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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Did You Know?

Quotes:
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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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
A Cautionary Tale, 2 July 2008
Author: sc8031 from United States

As others have mentioned, this is a solid film about corruption among feudal samurai. The acting and cinematography are both good and the evolution in the characters throughout the film is solid. The action scenes, while not all too common, are very frenetic and gripping.

It is easy to see why this was a Criterion release. There are certainly a number of good samurai movies, but this one isn't like all the others. The title may easily be confused in English with "Sword of Doom" and the protagonist does look quite a bit like Tatsuya Nakadai, but these movies and their themes are completely different.

The movie also stayed with me after watching it. It left me thinking about cults, fraternities and clans. Individuals who dedicate themselves most selflessly to a cause or group, aren't they the easiest group members to sacrifice?

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