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Araki Mataemon: Kettô kagiya no tsuji (1952)

Mataemon Araki, a renowned swordsman, helps a young man find vengeance.

Director:

Kazuo Mori

Writer:

Akira Kurosawa
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Toshirô Mifune ... Mataemon Araki
Yuriko Hamada Yuriko Hamada
Takashi Shimura ... Jinzaemon Kawai
Akihiko Katayama Akihiko Katayama
Minoru Chiaki
Daisuke Katô Daisuke Katô ... Rokusuke
Shin Tokudaiji Shin Tokudaiji
Kokuten Kôdô
Bokuzen Hidari
Toranosuke Ogawa
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Storyline

The film begins with an explosive action scene where a lone samurai fights and slays dozens of enemy swordsmen, but that is neither the story nor what happened. Mataemon Araki, a legendary samurai and the subject of many a tale and film adaptations, is instead a cunning strategist and can deploy strategy and patience alongside his command of the blade. Here he helps set a trap in order to exact revenge for one who mourns. Written by aghaemi

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

3 January 1952 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Vendetta of a Samurai See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Magoemon: Rokusuke, work for two men. Think that you serve both of us.
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Vendetta of the flashbacks
28 May 2017 | by sinful-2See all my reviews

The story starts with telling there are many exaggerated versions of this story told and therefore they will now tell it more true to the real event.

There are many great actors collected in this movie. Unfortunately the movie is too chopped up to get a real flow or a sense of the story. For every 5 minutes there was a short flashback from one of the characters telling some event in their life connected to this revenge attack. Unfortunately I did not feel they were so interesting or made any difference for the story most of them. Even in the battle there were flashbacks that I felt ripped me out of the flow when I finally felt it was becoming engaging.

I did like all the fighting participants were scared going into a fight. That did make a nice change. That was most likely often the case in reality.

I do love most of the movies Kurosawa directed but this he wrote I did just not connect with the story or characters. Maybe the story is realistic but in the end I failed to see the point why I spend 1½ hour here.

All in all I would say there are many better samurai movies out there. Maybe it does help if you think flashbacks are a great way of telling a story.


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