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Samurai Saga (1959)

Aru kengo no shogai (original title)
Edmund Rostand's play Cyrano de Bergerac, transplanted to Japan. A poet-warrior with an oversized nose (matched only by his great heart) loves a lady. But she sees him only as a friend, so ... See full summary »

Director:

Hiroshi Inagaki

Writers:

Hiroshi Inagaki, Edmond Rostand (play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Toshirô Mifune ... Heihachiro Komaki
Yôko Tsukasa ... Lady Ochii / Princess Chiyo
Akira Takarada Akira Takarada ... Jutaro [Jurota] Karibe
Keiko Awaji Keiko Awaji ... Nanae
Seizaburô Kawazu ... Nagashima
Kamatari Fujiwara ... Rakuzo the sake seller
Akihiko Hirata ... Akaboshi
Eiko Miyoshi Eiko Miyoshi ... Okuni
Sachio Sakai Sachio Sakai
Yoshifumi Tajima Yoshifumi Tajima
Akira Tani Akira Tani
Yutaka Sada
Senkichi Ômura Senkichi Ômura
Hideyo Amamoto
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Haruo Tanaka Haruo Tanaka
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Storyline

Edmund Rostand's play Cyrano de Bergerac, transplanted to Japan. A poet-warrior with an oversized nose (matched only by his great heart) loves a lady. But she sees him only as a friend, so he helps another man to woo her by giving him the poetry of his own heart. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

18 April 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Samurai Saga See more »

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Production Co:

Toho Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When Komaki (Toshirô Mifune) is telling Lady Ochii of the recent events at the end of the film, he mentions that on April 13th Miyamoto Musashi defeated Kojiro Sasaki in a duel. Mifune actually played Musashi in 4 different films: Kanketsu Sasaki Kojiro - Ganryu-to Ketto, Miyamoto Musashi, Zoku Miyamoto Musashi: Ichijôji no kettô and Miyamoto Musashi kanketsuhen: kettô Ganryûjima (the last 3 movies comprising the Samurai trilogy, also directed by Inagaki). See more »

Quotes

Heihachiro Komaki: [delirious from the head wound] My only friend is the moon.
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Version of Cyrano de Bergerac (1950) See more »

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Excellent and beautiful,...but all too familiar
13 August 2006 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

While I love Japanese versions of Western stories (such as Kurosawa's version of Macbeth--THRONE OF BLOOD), I guess I've just never been the biggest fan of the story of Cyrano. I have seen the José Ferrer and Gérard Depardieu versions and this film is at least as good--perhaps a little better due to its wonderful sense of artistry and the acting of Toshiro Mifune (though the other two did great jobs as well). The cinematography is exquisite and the poetic nature of the dialog is wonderful as well. But, because I knew exactly how the story would go, there was no suspense and this prevented the movie from receiving a higher score. THRONE OF BLOOD did receive a higher score because it was so unique in how it approached the material that it was almost a completely different story, but this one never veered far enough off course to make it more watchable. Excellent, but familiar.


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