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Kill! (1968)

Kiru (original title)
Two ronin - an ex-samurai and an ex-farmer - get caught up in a local official's complex game of murder and betrayal.

Director:

Kihachi Okamoto

Writers:

Kihachi Okamoto (screenplay), Akira Murao (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tatsuya Nakadai ... Genta
Etsushi Takahashi Etsushi Takahashi ... Hanji (Hanjiro Tabata)
Yuriko Hoshi Yuriko Hoshi ... Chino Kajii
Tadao Nakamaru Tadao Nakamaru ... Magobei Shôda
Akira Kubo Akira Kubo ... Monnosuke Takei
Shigeru Kôyama Shigeru Kôyama ... Tamiya Ayuzawa
Eijirô Tôno ... Hyogo Moriuchi
Shin Kishida Shin Kishida ... Jurota Arao
Atsuo Nakamura Atsuo Nakamura ... Tetsutaro
Nami Tamura Nami Tamura ...
Hideyo Amamoto ... Gendayu Shimada
Yoshio Tsuchiya Yoshio Tsuchiya ... Shinroku Matsuo
Isao Hashimoto Isao Hashimoto ... Kônosuke Fujii
Akira Hamada Akira Hamada ... Denzô Nishimura
Takeo Chii Takeo Chii ... Yaheiji Yoshida
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Storyline

Two ronin - an ex-samurai and an ex-farmer - get caught up in a local official's complex game of murder and betrayal.

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Genres:

Action | Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

22 June 1968 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Kill! See more »

Filming Locations:

Joshu, Gunma, Japan

Company Credits

Production Co:

Toho Company See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Actor Yoshio Tsuchiya's character is his own actual ancestor, Matsuo Tsuchiya. See more »

Quotes

Genta: [Repeated line] Samurai are no good. See what I mean?
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Connections

References Yojimbo (1961) See more »

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A truly rewarding samurai movie!
3 September 2005 | by alice_fryeSee all my reviews

Nothing prepared me for the laughter and all-around entertainment offered by this film. The writer, director and actors manage to have fun with icons of Japanese society (e.g., a card shark priest, an honest bureaucrat who has never visited a brothel, a noble peasant, etc.,) while maintaining a good pace with the swordplay and forward movement of the story line. Nakadai is brilliant as the "been there, done that" samurai, who reveals much of the story's insanity to us through whispered comments and observations. Viewers might need a scorecard to keep track of all the double-crossing and back-firing that takes places, but Kiru is tremendous fun from beginning to end. And it's the only movie I've seen with the ugliest chicken in the world serving as a leitmotiv.


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