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Taira Clan Saga (1955)

Shin Heike monogatari (original title)
After his father is not rewarded for his military achievements, Taira Kiyomori rebels against the court and the monks who rule the country. He also falls in love with Tokiko and discovers unsettling revelations about his parentage.


Kenji Mizoguchi


Masashige Narusawa, Hisakazu Tsuji (as Kyûchi Tsuji) | 2 more credits »
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »




Credited cast:
Narutoshi Hayashi Narutoshi Hayashi ... Taira Torodai
Raizô Ichikawa ... Taira Kiyomori
Tatsuya Ishiguro ... Fujiwara no Tokinobu
Michiyo Kogure ... Yasuko
Yoshiko Kuga ... Tokiko
Akitake Kôno Akitake Kôno ... Heiroku
Tamao Nakamura Tamao Nakamura ... Shigeko
Shunji Natsume Shunji Natsume ... Emperor Toba
Ichijirô Oya Ichijirô Oya ... Taira no Tadamori
Mitsusaburô Ramon Mitsusaburô Ramon ... Ryokan
Kunitarô Sawamura Kunitarô Sawamura ... Joku
Koreya Senda
Eitarô Shindô ... Banboku
Ichirô Sugai ... Carpenter
Eijirô Yanagi ... Emperor Shirakawa


Special Forces commander Captain Tadamori returns to Kyoto after successfully defeating the uprising of pirates in the western sea of Japan. But because the high courtiers dislike career soldiers gaining power and influence, they ignore the will of ex-Emperor Toba and refuse to reward the captain. Reward recommender Lord Tokinobu is punished, and the captain sends his son Kiyomori to the Lord's residence, where he falls in love with Tokiko, the Lord's daughter. Meanwhile, Kiyomori finds out that he is possibly the ex-Emperor's son... Written by L.H. Wong <lhw@sfs.org.sg>

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The original title "Shin Heike monogatari" means "The New Tale of the Heike". "Heike" refers to Taira, the name of the clan depicted in the movie, since "hei" is an alternate reading of the first kanji (character) of Taira. The story is based on the historical novel of the same name by Eiji Yoshikawa, published in 1950. The latter was inspired by the epic account "Heike monogatari" ("The Tale of the Heike"), a renowned Japanese classic written in the 13th century. See more »


Referenced in Kenji Mizoguchi: The Life of a Film Director (1975) See more »

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Mizoguchi does not disappoint in this one
27 July 2013 | by fa-oySee all my reviews

A quite different Mizoguchi film we have right here, but it entertained me all the way through and the cinematography is top-notch; the camera-work and scenes are outstanding as usual. The film starts slow and takes a while to unfold, but once the story is unfolded and everything is cleared up, it hooked me. The only thing lacking might be the ending, which leaves things quite incomplete and it kind of left me wanting for more, but I believe it was intended to end in this manner. Perhaps they were planning to produce a sequel or something of the sort, although I am not anywhere sure about it, so do not take my opinion for granted.

All I can say is that this film is worth watching; it will not disappoint any Mizoguchi fan.

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Release Date:

21 September 1955 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Taira Clan Saga See more »

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Production Co:

Daiei Studios See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)


Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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