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Samurai Rebellion (1967)

Jôi-uchi: Hairyô tsuma shimatsu (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | December 1967 (USA)
The mother of a feudal lord's only heir is kidnapped away from her husband by the lord. The husband and his samurai father must decide whether to accept the unjust decision, or risk death to get her back.

Director:

Masaki Kobayashi
8 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Toshirô Mifune ... Isaburo Sasahara
Yôko Tsukasa ... Ichi Sasahara
Gô Katô ... Yogoro Sasahara
Tatsuyoshi Ehara Tatsuyoshi Ehara ... Bunzo Sasahara
Etsuko Ichihara Etsuko Ichihara ... Kiku
Isao Yamagata ... Shobei Tsuchiya
Tatsuya Nakadai ... Tatewaki Asano
Shigeru Kôyama Shigeru Kôyama ... Geki Takahashi
Michiko Ôtsuka Michiko Ôtsuka ... Suga Sasahara
Tatsuo Matsumura ... Lord Masakata Matsudaira
Masao Mishima ... Sanzaemon Yanase
Jun Hamamura ... Hyoemon Shiomi
Emi Yamada Emi Yamada ... Shiomi's wife
Takamaru Sasaki Takamaru Sasaki ... Kenmotsu Sasahara
Hideo Fukuhara Hideo Fukuhara ... Sahei
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Storyline

During peace in 1725, aging swordsman Isaburo is living a henpecked life when his clan lord requests that Isaburo's son marry the lord's mistress, with whom he's displeased, even though she's born him a son. Isaburo wants to refuse, but his son Yogoro accepts the woman, Ichi, and they fall deeply in love. Their love renews Isaburo, so when the clan lord's elder son dies and the lord sends for Ichi to return to his side as mother of his heir, Isaburo opposes his lord. Yogoro and Ichi, who now have a baby daughter, stand with him. The clan orders their suicide, then sends soldiers to kill them. Isaburo's only hope is to take his case to Edo to expose the clan's cruelty. Can he? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #310. See more »

Goofs

At 1:13:16 into the Criterion Collection DVD version, when the shot changes to Yogoro (played by Gô Katô)---just as he begins to verbally caution the lord and his retainers (after having delivered the petition)---there is a boom mic bobbing up and down about 10 inches above Gô's head, just on the edge of the frame. Then, in the same shot, as Gô is rising to his feet, the mic can be seen in front of his forehead. The mic then casts a shadow on his forehead just before the shot changes to a closeup of his face. See more »

Quotes

Isaburo Sasahara: Each must live his own life.
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Connections

Remade as Jôiuchi: Hairyô zuma shimatsu (2013) See more »

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The last great samurai film
26 June 2004 | by kikuchiyo-1See all my reviews

I don't know why so little people have seen this film. This movie has place in history of cinema as one of the greatest masterpieces. Story has structure of ancient tragedy and we sit in permanent tense from beginning to end; none other film I saw isn't so suspenseful. Direction is perfect and there isn't one unnecessary second in all 2 hour film. Toshiro Mifune and Tatsuya Nakadai - duet well known from Kurosawa films like "Yojimbo", "Sanjuro" or "High and Low" - make peerless performances, really dramatic and deep. "Samurai Rebelion" is as excellent, humanistic and timeless as the best of Kurosawa films. Everybody I know agree with this opinion after watching Kobayashi's masterpiece. 10/10


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

December 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Toho Studios, Tokyo, Japan

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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