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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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Directed by
Hideo Gosha 
 
Writing credits
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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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85 min
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Yuuki Gennosuke:I'm a cornered and wounded beast. I can't afford to live by my conscience. My opponent is a strong warrior, it is true. But it's up to me whether I defeat him and take his gold, or am defeated by him... and left to die a dog's death in the hills.See more »

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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
what separates humanity from beasts?, 19 February 2006
Author: jprince11 from United States

On the surface this may seem like a typical samurai action flick but like Kurosawa and Kobyashi films there are many social implications beneath the surface.

The movie seems to revolve around the irony that while Gennosuke, the main character who is basically cast out of society in to the wild and forced to constantly fight for his survival like an animal, is actually the only character that tries to show any qualities above that of a beast.

Every other character from a group of bandits he encounters to the group of clansmen trying to exact revenge after Gennosuke killed their leader, to a man and his wife from a separate clan trying to steal gold to improve their clan status are either acting for revenge, power, or greed. The greed exists because most of the movie takes place around a mountain where gold has just been discovered and Gennosuke is befriended by a poor man hoping to find some for himself.

Throughout the movie there is constant backstabbing, deception, and generally brutal acts committed by a multitude of these characters. For instance the man from a separate clan living with his wife on a shack by the river are attacked by bandits in the woods trying to steal the gold they have already mined; they hold the wife hostage in demand for his booty but the man would rather give up his wife then part with his gold. Her saving grace is when Gennosuke shows up on the the scene and acts with the courage and compassion to save her life. The husband does come around a little later in the movie but in the end his rival clan plans to kill everyone on the mountain and save the gold for themselves threatening the couple, Gennosuke, and his persuers.

Gosha does a great job with his imagery, demonstrating a wild, dark world threatening to swallow humans whole. Throughout the film, which is almost all outdoors are scenes of men disappearing into woods or buried beneath shrubbery. In fact, it's quite reminiscent of another Japanese Classic, Rashamon. Some of the shots are virtually identical, ie the sun being concealed over the forest canopy or disappearing behind a mountain.

One of the best touches is towards the end when soldiers from the rival clan are planning to take the mountain, and kill anyone who knows about the gold. One of them sounds a battle horn to signal the approach, a battle horn made to sound conspicuously like some kind of strange animal call.

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