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Rise Against the Sword (1966)

Abare Gôemon (original title)
During the Age of Warring States in feudal Japan, Kaga's Seven Clans of peasants unite to rebel against the local samurai warlords who oppress them.


Hiroshi Inagaki


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Toshirô Mifune ... Abare Goemon
Nobuko Otowa ... Osasa
Makoto Satô Makoto Satô ... Yatouta Goemon
Ryô Tamura Ryô Tamura ... Masato Goemon
Yuriko Hoshi Yuriko Hoshi ... Princess Azusa
Kô Nishimura Kô Nishimura ... Uncle Etanba
Akihiko Hirata ... Asakura
Daisuke Katô Daisuke Katô ... Budeuemon Hattori
Gen Shimizu Gen Shimizu ... Kesho Yada
Takamaru Sasaki Takamaru Sasaki ... Goro Shiro
Ikio Sawamura Ikio Sawamura ... Yasubei
Yoshifumi Tajima Yoshifumi Tajima ... Shozaemon Ube
Kichijirô Ueda Kichijirô Ueda ... Kaniuemon
Jun'ichirô Mukai Jun'ichirô Mukai ... Kokichi
Susumu Kurobe ... Jyuro Kamiho


Farmer Abare Goemon is confronted by brigand-like samurai. He raises an army of farmers to fight them and does so brilliantly. When Lord Asakura sees the success Goemon has achieved, he attempts to recruit him to fight in a conflict between Asakura and another clan. Goemon refuses, and Lord Asakura sets out to destroy him. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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25 November 1966 (USA) See more »

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2.35 : 1
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Abare Goemon: Hey, Shachibei. You've become so good with the abacus now that you're older.
Sachibei: Is there something you want to tell me?
Abare Goemon: Yeah. I got ten or twenty things I wanna tell ya. I feel we shouldn't join Asakura. We don't have to work our butts off and help Asakura's evil plans. What about it? If your neighbour's screwing someone else's wife, would you be there fanning him to keep him cool? You wouldn't do something so crazy.
[the entire hall erupts into laughter. Shachibei is not impressed]
Abare Goemon: They offer us ...
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When peasants go to war
18 February 2018 | by sinful-2See all my reviews

Mifune is this time the leader of a village that is not backing down from a good fight. They have their own Militia/army that keeps them safe from robbers and even local lords that could get the thought of taxing them.

There is a nice range of rural pictures in black and white. The movie is very average in the camera work I would say. I can say it was by no means the best quality the copy I have seen but far from bad either.

Acting: I would say I have seen better work of Mifune than in this movie but overall everyone does a good or at least decent job.

Story: A bit unusual angle of seeing the Japanese feudal system in this movie. The story is fine but neither that nor the characters in the story will really make you think this is a gem. There are truly good and great passages in the movie but nothing reaching for the skies in total.

Recommendation: If you like black and white movies and especially Japanese movies then I would recommend it. it has a good entertainment value but I do not think it is a movie you should spend years searching for.

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