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Sword for Hire (1952)

Sengoku burai (original title)
Soldiers Hayatenosuke Sasa and Kagami Yaheiji leave their besieged castle on a secret mission into the enemy camp. Hayatenosuke has left behind his lover, Kano. In the camp, Hayatenosuke is... See full summary »

Director:

Hiroshi Inagaki

Writers:

Hiroshi Inagaki, Yasushi Inoue (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Toshirô Mifune ... Sasa Hayatenosuke
Rentarô Mikuni Rentarô Mikuni ... Tachibana Jurata
Danshirô Ichikawa Danshirô Ichikawa ... Kagami Yakeiji
Shirley Yamaguchi ... Oryo (as Yoshiko Yamaguchi)
Shinobu Asaji Shinobu Asaji ... Kano
Takashi Shimura
Yoshio Kosugi Yoshio Kosugi
Sugisaku Aoyama Sugisaku Aoyama
Eijirô Tôno
Ryôsuke Kagawa
Kokuten Kôdô
Kichijirô Ueda
Eiko Miyoshi
Haruo Nakajima
Bob Booth Bob Booth ... Narrator
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Soldiers Hayatenosuke Sasa and Kagami Yaheiji leave their besieged castle on a secret mission into the enemy camp. Hayatenosuke has left behind his lover, Kano. In the camp, Hayatenosuke is wounded and cared for by Oryo, who falls in love with him. But when Hayatenosuke accidentally kills her father, he flees, with Oryo in pursuit. Subsequently, Hayatenosuke's comrade Yaheiji falls in love with Oryo. Kano, the lover left behind by Hayatenosuke, believes him dead, and becomes involved with another soldier, Jurota. When Jurota defects to the opposing army, he takes Kano with him. A double set of love triangles has developed, wherein each man and each woman loves one and is loved by another. Finally only combat and self-sacrifice can untangle the weave. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

15 November 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Production Co:

Toho Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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