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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 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Toho Company See more »
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Runtime:

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 (1985) See more »

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Mifune steals the show
5 November 2005 | by jowoostaSee all my reviews

I really enjoyed this movie. Mifune (as Heihachiro) is a powerhouse throughout the movie in the lead role and has remarkable presence in all of his scenes. The first part of the movie is a little slow, but the movie begins to pick up half way through as the relationship between Heihachiro and Jutaro (Akira Takarada) develops.

There are some great moments you don't want to miss, especially the scenes between Mifune and Yôko Tsukasa. In one particular scene, he is covertly expressing his feelings for Lady Ochii, and it is extremely powerful. This is a solid overall Samurai flick, although it is a little light on the action and heavier on story.


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