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Shiro Amakusa, the Christian Rebel (1962)

Amakusa Shirô Tokisada (original title)
In the year 1637 in Shimabara of Tokugawa-era Japan, oppressed peasant Christians revolt against the shogunate with the aid of a charismatic Christian rebel leader Shiro Amakusa.

Director:

Nagisa Ôshima
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hashizô Ôkawa Hashizô Ôkawa ... Amakusa Shirô Tokisada
Ryûtarô Ôtomo Ryûtarô Ôtomo ... Shinbei Oka
Satomi Oka Satomi Oka ... Sakura, Shinbei's Wife
Rentarô Mikuni Rentarô Mikuni ... Uemonsaku
Junko Matsukawa Junko Matsukawa ... Okiku (as Sayuri Tachikawa)
Chôichirô Kawarasaki Chôichirô Kawarasaki ... Tamezô
Minoru Chiaki ... Sôho Tanaka
Yoshi Katô Yoshi Katô ... Zanemon Yama's Grandfather
Tokue Hanazawa Tokue Hanazawa ... Yozaemon
Takamaru Sasaki Takamaru Sasaki ... Jinbei
Mikijirô Hira ... Katsuie Matsukura
Kei Satô Kei Satô ... Taga Mondo
Rokkô Toura Rokkô Toura ... Ronin
Tetsuo Ashida Tetsuo Ashida ... Zanemon Yama
Sue Mitobe Sue Mitobe ... Maki
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In the year 1637 in Shimabara of Tokugawa-era Japan, oppressed peasant Christians revolt against the shogunate with the aid of a charismatic Christian rebel leader Shiro Amakusa.

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Details

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

21 March 1962 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Shiro Amakusa, the Christian Rebel See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Toei Company See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Early Oshima
31 October 2010 | by poikkeusSee all my reviews

Nagisha Oshima directed this atypical 1962 film covering Christian persecution in Japan - and the response of the tragic hero, Shiro Amakusa. From the standpoint of filmmaking, the shots are mostly static (some several minutes, minimal camera movement), with simple black and white photography. The film shows particular care for the beleaguered Christians, who are forced into poverty (and worse) for their religion.

Obviously, the subject matter doesn't place for humor; the narrative dark and reflective, showing little hope for the characters. Oshima has always excelled at provocative filmmaking, provoking more thought than filmmaking fireworks.


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