7.0/10
93
2 user 3 critic

Shinsengumi Chronicles (1963)

Shinsengumi shimatsuki (original title)
As change sweep Japan, an honest man joins the Shinsengumi out of respect for their leader and because he wants to live and die as a samurai. However, as his involvement goes, reality and idealism come into deadly conflict.

Director:

Writers:

(based on the novel by), (screenplay)
Reviews

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Tange Tenzen and Nakayama Yasubei are honorable samurai living in an era of corrupt officials and treacherous clans. But after finding themselves in opposing clans and ensnared in a love ... See full summary »

Director: Kazuo Mori
Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Shintarô Katsu, Chitose Maki
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Kanichiro Yoshimura is a Samurai and Family man who can no longer support his wife and children on the the low pay he receives from his small town clan, he is forced by the love for his ... See full summary »

Director: Yôjirô Takita
Stars: Kiichi Nakai, Kôichi Satô, Yui Natsukawa
Samurai Wolf (1966)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A charismatic ronin get snared into a conflict between officials at a waystation, and gains the enmity of a group of thugs.

Director: Hideo Gosha
Stars: Isao Natsuyagi, Ryôhei Uchida, Junko Miyazono
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Following the death of the second Tokugawa shogun, it is revealed that he was poisoned by retainers of his son Iemitsu in hopes of gaining him the shogunate despite the stammer and ... See full summary »

Director: Kinji Fukasaku
Stars: Kinnosuke Nakamura, Shin'ichi Chiba, Hiroki Matsukata
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Toranosuke Sugi, a brave and loyal Samurai, fights to practice and preserve his master's teachings amid a civil war. With friends on both side will he cave to temptation, or stand on principle and for freedom?

Director: Kenji Misumi
Stars: Hideki Takahashi, Ken Ogata, Masaomi Kondô
Goyokin (1969)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A guilt-haunted samurai warrior attempts to stop a massacre taking place.

Director: Hideo Gosha
Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Tetsurô Tanba, Yôko Tsukasa
Kill! (1968)
Action | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Two ronin - an ex-samurai and an ex-farmer - get caught up a local official's complex game of murder and betrayal.

Director: Kihachi Okamoto
Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Etsushi Takahashi, Yuriko Hoshi
The Betrayal (1966)
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A naively honorable samurai comes to the bitter realization that his devotion to moral samurai principles makes him an oddity among his peers and a very vulnerable oddity in consequence.

Director: Tokuzô Tanaka
Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Kaoru Yachigusa, Shiho Fujimura
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

During the time of change of the mid-19th Century, Yaichiro is bid farewell by his fellow samurai friends Munezo and Samon as he leaves their clan's fiefdom on the northwest coast of Japan ... See full summary »

Director: Yôji Yamada
Stars: Masatoshi Nagase, Takako Matsu, Hidetaka Yoshioka
Kiru (1962)
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A samurai seeks revenge and redemption after his family is executed by a rival clan.

Director: Kenji Misumi
Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Shiho Fujimura, Mayumi Nagisa
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Before he portrayed the legendary blind swordsman, Zatoichi, Shintaro Katsu played Suganoichi, a blind court masseur with a dark side. An outcast since birth, he learned from a young age ... See full summary »

Director: Kazuo Mori
Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Tamao Nakamura, Mieko Kondô
Conflagration (1958)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Director: Kon Ichikawa
Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Ganjirô Nakamura, Tatsuya Nakadai
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Raizô Ichikawa ...
Susumu Yamazaki
Shiho Fujimura ...
Shima
Tomisaburô Wakayama ...
Isami Kondô (as Kenzaburô Jô)
Shigeru Amachi ...
Katsuhiko Kobayashi ...
Sanjûrô Tani
Jun'ichirô Narita ...
Kojûrô Kusunoki
Kinshirô Matsumoto ...
Jun Tazaki ...
Mieko Kondô ...
Miyuki
Reiko Fujiwara ...
Oume
Ryûzô Shimada ...
Shuntarô Furutaka
Matasaburô Niwa ...
Kyûzô Okamoto
Yutaka Nakamura ...
Matsusuke Sugiyama
Yôtarô Yajima ...
Matasaburô Saeki
Kunikazu Takami ...
Hikohei Ôtsu
Edit

Storyline

As change sweep Japan, an honest man joins the Shinsengumi out of respect for their leader and because he wants to live and die as a samurai. However, as his involvement goes, reality and idealism come into deadly conflict.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

jidai geki | shinsengumi | See All (2) »

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

3 January 1963 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Shinsengumi Chronicles: I Want to Die a Samurai  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
"Shinsengumi Chronicles" - Tomisaburo Wakayama stars
15 November 2006 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

An early pairing of director Misumi and actor Wakayama who would later be part of the team behind the legendary "Lone Wolf" series.

The film purports to tell the historical turning point of the Shinsengumi as the clan is transformed from a feared band of ruffians working for the Shoganate to the saviors of the city of Kyoto when they prevent arson by anti-Shoganate mercenaries. The story follows a young ronin has he joins the clan to fulfill his dreams of being a full fledged samurai. Initially suspicious of the clan, the ronin is impressed by the number three samurai, Kondo (played by Wakayama) who, despite starting out as a lowly farmer, shows the most integrity of any samurai he's met. The clan's drunken, brutish leader is soon killed by his own men and Kondo is put in charge. The ronin, already unsure of his decision to leave his beautiful wife- to-be, is tormented by the harsh contradictions in the realities of samurai life.Despite the good intentions of the new leader, the clan's roguish ways gets them in trouble with the Shoganate and they are given one last chance, uncover and avert a plot to burn Kyoto and kill the Shogun.

Well shot with the Misumi touch, the film is a little slow and dense if you are not familiar with the historical account. There is more intrigue then sword work but when the finale comes about the action is brutal and harsh. The ronin's side story is good if sort of a cliché. Wakayama' acting is very good and unexpected if you are only familiar with his dour Ogami Itto.

Well done if typical samurai drama.


2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
DVD subtitles bobusan-1
Discuss Shinsengumi Chronicles (1963) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?