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Red Lion (1969)

Akage (original title)
Impersonating an Imperial Army officer by wearing a "red lion's mane", a poor servant returns to his village after 10 years of absence to end the village's suffering caused by corrupt ... See full summary »

Director:

Kihachi Okamoto
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Toshirô Mifune ... Gonzo
Shima Iwashita ... Tomi
Etsushi Takahashi Etsushi Takahashi ... Ichinose Hanzo
Minori Terada Minori Terada ... Sanji
Nobuko Otowa ... Oharu
Yûko Mochizuki Yûko Mochizuki ... Ume
Jitsuko Yoshimura ... Oyoo
Kawai Okada Kawai Okada ... Osode
Shigeru Kôyama Shigeru Kôyama ... Staff Chief Aragaki
Hideyo Amamoto ... Dr. Gensai
Tokue Hanazawa Tokue Hanazawa ... Komatora
Shin Kishida Shin Kishida ... Secretary Sokichi
Hideo Sunazuka Hideo Sunazuka ... Amegaeru
Bokuzen Hidari ... Gohei
Gorô Mutsumi Gorô Mutsumi ... White Hair advance party leader (as Goro Mutsu)
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Storyline

Impersonating an Imperial Army officer by wearing a "red lion's mane", a poor servant returns to his village after 10 years of absence to end the village's suffering caused by corrupt officials and businessmen. Written by Alex Ebora <ebora87@eelab.newpaltz.edu>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Action | Comedy

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

17 December 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Red Lion See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The townspeople often sing "Ei ja nai ka" which was actually the refrain for a kind of festival/mass movement that happened at the end of the shogun era in 1867/1868 in Japan. They sang it as a way of protest masked in a festival style. There was a movie made with this phrase as title, Why Not? (1981). See more »

Quotes

Gonzo: You know, Tomi... the truth is, I'm no more than a peasant's son after all.
Tomi: How can you say such a thing?
Gonzo: What everybody's looking up to is this Redhead, not me. So soon as I go away for a moment, they all start shouting that I'm a faker or a phony. And just because they couldn't find the money box... they've lost all faith in me. No matter how hard I try in the name of the Imperial Flag... the peasants don't give a damn...
[He starts crying]
Gonzo: And Mama just can't understand me. Maybe I'm a dimwit...
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References Seven Samurai (1954) See more »

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Perfect Blend of Comedy, Drama, Samurai Action and more...
7 September 2006 | by dinos_on_the_arkSee all my reviews

I must agree with another review of this movie in that it is one of the best Samurai Films in America. I consider myself now a long time veteran of Samurai movies, and I own more than thirty of this genre. Red Lion has a perfect blend of quick-witted comedy, physical comedy, heart-wrenching drama, and in your face action. I have not seen a samurai movie yet to have such great humor and yet leave room to tear up at the end. This movie is not just for lovers of Samurai films, it is for everyone. There is a lot of violence and I don't recommend it as a family movie but if you love film, DO NOT MISS THIS MOVIE. You will laugh, you will cry, you will be at the edge of your seat, and you will be cheering "It's Alright! It's Alright! Forget it!"


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