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Shinsengumi: Assassins of Honor (1969)

Shinsengumi (original title)
Feudal Japan. Kamo Serizawa and Isami Kondo turn a collection of student fencers into a band of assassins known as the Shinsen Group, devoted to the Tokugawa shogunate and to an elegant ... See full summary »

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Tadashi Sawashima

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Takeo Matsuura (as Kenrô Matsuura)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Toshirô Mifune ... Isami Kondo
Keiju Kobayashi Keiju Kobayashi ... Toshizo Hijikata
Kin'ya Kitaôji Kin'ya Kitaôji ... Soji Okita
Rentarô Mikuni Rentarô Mikuni ... Kamo Serizawa
Yôko Tsukasa ... Tsune
Yuriko Hoshi Yuriko Hoshi ... Otaka
Junko Ikeuchi Junko Ikeuchi ... Oyuki
Kan'emon Nakamura Kan'emon Nakamura ... Yasubo Katsu (as Ganemon Nakamura)
Kinnosuke Nakamura Kinnosuke Nakamura ... Fujita Arima
Yumiko Nogawa Yumiko Nogawa ... Oume
Takahiro Tamura ... Koshitaro Ito
Katsuo Nakamura ... Kisaburo Kawai
Ichirô Nakatani ... Moribe Tani
Mika Kitagawa Mika Kitagawa ... Kaori
Ryôhei Uchida Ryôhei Uchida ... Nishiki Shinmi
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Feudal Japan. Kamo Serizawa and Isami Kondo turn a collection of student fencers into a band of assassins known as the Shinsen Group, devoted to the Tokugawa shogunate and to an elegant code of action and behavior. Kondo leads the band against the forces of the Emperor in hopes of preventing his restoration to the throne. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

15 April 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Shinsengumi: Assassins of Honor See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Solid historical drama where swordplay takes a second seat but is never absent for long
31 May 2009 | by chaos-rampantSee all my reviews

Produced by Mifune's production company with Hiroshi Inagaki supervising proceedings (in a kind of movie he could make with eyes closed), SHINSENGUMI is a typical, big-budget retelling of a classic Japanese story, but one which, unlike Chusingura, has significantly more relevance to contemporary history and the western world. A sprawling two-hour historical drama, ably, at times even impressively, directed, well acted (Toshiro Mifune practically guarantees that), with an emphasis on the political machinations between Loyalists and Shogunate supporters rather than swordplay, but still broken with sudden bursts of messy violence and bookended with blood spraying on the camera, SHINSENGUMI should be an essential viewing to all lovers of jidaigeki. Possibly even the definitive version of the story.


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