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Goyôkin (1969)

A guilt-haunted samurai warrior attempts to stop a massacre taking place.

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Hideo Gosha
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tatsuya Nakadai ... Magobei Wakizaka
Tetsurô Tanba ... Rokugo Tatewaki
Yôko Tsukasa ... Shino
Ruriko Asaoka Ruriko Asaoka ... Oriha
Kunie Tanaka ... Hirosuke
Isao Natsuyagi ... Kunai
Kô Nishimura Kô Nishimura
Eijirô Tôno
Ben Hiura Ben Hiura ... Rokuzo
Susumu Kurobe ... Omura Sobee
Hisashi Igawa ... Takeuchi Shinjiro
Fujio Tokita Fujio Tokita
Shinnosuke Ogata Shinnosuke Ogata ... Miyauchi Hanzo
Shôji Ôki Shôji Ôki
Yoshitarô Asawaka Yoshitarô Asawaka
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Storyline

Tatsuya Nakadai plays a samurai who is an eyewitness to a massacre of a small village by men of his own clan. Even though he did not participate, and did his best to prevent it, he realizes with guilt that he had been manipulated to enable the massacre. He quits and becomes a ronin; wandering the country he learns of a scheme by his former clan to repeat a similar massacre. Determined to stop them, and with the help of women and men who are loyal to him, he endures great hardships, moral and physical, engaging in incredible battles in the effort to atone for his earlier mistake and help to save the lives of defenseless peasants. Written by <ttetpos@yahoo.com>

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

1 May 1969 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Steel Edge of Revenge See more »

Filming Locations:

Japan

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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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References The Birds (1963) See more »

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Hauntingly beautiful samurai redemption story
17 March 2006 | by vegas-sickboySee all my reviews

Goyokin is a hauntingly beautiful story of a Magobei Wakazaka a samurai turned to a drunk guilt ridden ronin after taking part in the slaughter of some innocent people because he was following orders from his brother in law in a plot to steal some official gold (Goyokin). When his brother in law decides to steal more gold and kill more people some assassins come for Magobei to silence him forever. This causes Magobei to throw down the bottle of sake and take up the sword once again. He decides to journey back to stop the slaughter and seek redemption.Gosha tells the classic story of a samurai and his giri-ninjo conflict, that is his struggle against following orders which is the way of the samurai, or doing what he believes is right. He uses his trademark crows as symbolic supernatural supervisors of karma and in such a way it eerily beautiful and unforgettable.


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