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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 »

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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>

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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

Tosando is the name of the road system that lead from the Kyoto area up to the north of Honshu in Japan. It was quite old. It is often mentioned in the film. See more »

Quotes

Sanji: You know that they were ready to watch us get killed! They're no friends of ours! You guys aren't all that different either... The tiniest threat, and you're chickening out! Sheesh! Well... one good thing... at least we found the money...
Gonzo: Money? I told Tomi about the money... Right, Tomi? I thought I told you that it was under the altar spread...
Tomi: All you told me... last night... was to make crests from the spread... for everyone... no more than that.
Gonzo: What's wrong, Tomi? Are you feeling all ...
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Connections

Referenced in Eijanaika (1981) See more »

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Amazing! One of the best samurai films available in America!
4 May 2002 | by zetesSee all my reviews

Check out the previous comment for more complete information on the historical aspects of Red Lion - he obviously knows a lot about it, and I found it very useful to read that right after I finished watching the film.

All I can say for sure about this film, though, is that I loved it. It's enormously entertaining! First off, it's hilarious. One doesn't generally think of Toshiro Mifune as a comic actor (although there are comic elements in his characters in Rashomon and The Seven Samurai), but he's quite funny here. It's not a humor that many Americans could appreciate, though. It's very Japanese. If you're a fan of anime or video games, the humor will be recognizable. Second, it's exciting. I love Okamoto's Sword of Doom, and the action sequences in Red Lion are equal. It's actually a little more action-oriented than that film, which is more suspense-oriented. And, third, it's dramatically effective. Gonzo (Toshiro Mifune) starts off the film as a comic character, but by the end he grows into a hero of great stature. The color cinematography of Red Lion is also very beautiful. 10/10.


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