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Sengoku yarô (1963)

A lone masterless warrior with some new friends helps ship 300 rifles to a Japanese warlord during the sengoku period.


Kihachi Okamoto




Cast overview, first billed only:
Yûzô Kayama
Yuriko Hoshi Yuriko Hoshi
Makoto Satô
Ichirô Nakatani
Tatsuyoshi Ehara Tatsuyoshi Ehara
Kumi Mizuno
Tadao Nakamaru Tadao Nakamaru
Jun Tazaki Jun Tazaki
Hideo Sunazuka Hideo Sunazuka
Hideyo Amamoto
Ikio Sawamura Ikio Sawamura
Masaya Nihei Masaya Nihei
Yasuzô Ogawa Yasuzô Ogawa
Yutaka Nakayama Yutaka Nakayama
Hiroshi Hasegawa Hiroshi Hasegawa


A lone masterless warrior with some new friends helps ship 300 rifles to a Japanese warlord during the sengoku period.

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At the time this movie was set, the early 1560's, the Takeda clan seemed to be on the verge of controlling most of Japan. However the warlord Oda Nobunaga was beginning to amass power. Later, in 1575, these rivals would fight at the battle of Nagashino. See more »

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NInjas, Pirates, Ronin and a Delivery Service - What more could you ask for?
23 April 2007 | by ChungMoSee all my reviews

Before "Samurai Assassin", "Sword of Doom" or "Kill!", director Okamoto helms this light hearted actioner that has just about every element from other chambara movies. Well photographed and meticulously planned, it's an impressive genre film.

The film opens with action as the Iga ninja chase and attack a lone young man who turns out to be another Iga ninja but has quit the clan in search of a moral life. The young man defeats the ninja including the feared leader. Observing the fight is a wandering ronin who befriends the young man noting that while the man is a good fighter, he's ignorant of the ways of the world. Almost immediately they are greeted by an odd stranger who claims he will soon become the ruler of Japan. The stranger convinces them to join a passing armed delivery service headed by a young woman who's a short sword expert. And so it starts, complete with political intrigue, a stolen shipment of rifles, a ruthless pirate gang commanded by a beautiful princess and the return of the Iga ninja who have vowed to kill the young man.

The film is very brisk and Okamoto's direction is stylish and experimental, especially in the editing. Shot in clear black and white and with a jazzy, quirky score by Masaru Sato, the film is a lot of fun despite the rather standard storyline.

The fight scenes are extremely well shot with careful camera placement and sharp editing taking place of actual movement from the actors. Believe me, I'd rather see actors who can actually do the moves but here is an example of how to shoot a fight when the actors may not be the best. It works really well.


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3 July 1963 (USA) See more »

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Warring Clans See more »

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Toho Company See more »
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2.35 : 1
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