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Samurai Banners (1969)

Fûrin kazan (original title)
A shrewd 16th Century samurai helps a daimyo expand his realm.


Hiroshi Inagaki




Complete credited cast:
Toshirô Mifune ... Kansuke Yamamoto
Yoshiko Sakuma Yoshiko Sakuma ... Princess Yufu
Kinnosuke Nakamura Kinnosuke Nakamura ... Shingen Takeda
Yûjirô Ishihara ... Kenshin Uesugi
Katsuo Nakamura ... Nobusato Itagaki
Kanzaburô Nakamura Kanzaburô Nakamura ... Katsuyori Takeda (as Kankurô Nakamura)
Kan'emon Nakamura Kan'emon Nakamura ... Nobukato Itagaki
Masakazu Tamura Masakazu Tamura ... Nobushige Takeda
Mayumi Ôzora Mayumi Ôzora ... Princess Okoto
Ken Ogata
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Takashi Shimura


Feudal Japan, 1543 to 1562. Kansuke Yamamoto is a samurai who dreams of a country united, peaceful from sea to sea. He enters the service of Takeda, the lord of Kai domain. He convinces Takeda to kill the lord of neighboring Suwa and take his wife as a concubine. He then convinces the widow, Princess Yu, to accept this arrangement and to bear Takeda a son. He pledges them his life. He then spends years using treachery, poetic sensibility, military and political strategy to expand Takeda's realm, advance the claim of Yu's son as the heir, and prepare for an ultimate battle with the forces of Echigo. Has Kansuke overreached? Are his dreams, blinded by love, too big? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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a classic samurai tale of conflict and loyalty
4 October 1998 | by weberSee all my reviews

One of the best samurai epics. "Furinkazan" tells the story of the 16th century warlord Takeda Shingen and his loyal general Yamamoto Kansuke (Mifune Toshiro) embedded in the story of the Takeda clan's rise to power. Outstanding sets, costumes and Sato Masaru's rich soundtrack make the drama highly enjoyable.

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Release Date:

24 June 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Under the Banner of Samurai See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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