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Fuefukigawa (1960)

A young man decides to become a warrior, causing trouble for his clan.

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... Okei
... Sadahei
Kôshirô Matsumoto ... Sozo, 1st son (as Somegoro Ichikawa)
... Ume, daughter
... Jiro
Shinji Tanaka ... Heikichi, 3rd son
... Yasuzo, 2nd son (as Mannosuke Nakamura)
Fumio Watanabe
Yoshi Katô ... Ojii
Ryûsuke Daigenji
Tôru Abe ... Katsuyan
Toshiko Kobayashi ... Hisa (grown up)
Masao Oda ... Hanpei
Michiko Araki ... Tatsu
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A young man decides to become a warrior, causing trouble for his clan.

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Drama | History | War

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La rivière fuefuki  »

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Breathtaking
14 February 2018 | by See all my reviews

I have seen many Japanese films over the years and this film is one of the most breathtaking. During the film's 2 hours you are taken through generations of one family, with the film echoing the message that war leads to inevitable tragedy. The film is equally about Buddhism in the 1500s with re-incarnation, ghosts, rituals and temples being prominent to the story. In the background of the story is a grand wooden bridge that is a reminder of the dangerous world that lies across the water.

I'm a fan of the coloured on black and white visuals. It's odd but adds a strange feel to the film that matches the ancient Japan world. The battle scenes are brief but stunning. I don't think any were reused as 'WILLIAM FLANIGAN, PhD' stated in his review. That's got to be one of the worst reviews I have read. He gives points based on subtitles and restoration (which is dependent on the screening, so is useless to the reader), and not on acting, story and plot. He seems to care very little about the style and the substance of a film rather the technical aspects. Anyone who makes dodgy reviews while always signing his name in capitals with 'PhD' next to it, is a bit sad.


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