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Shinken shôbu (1971)

Not Rated | | Action, Drama | 20 February 1971 (Japan)
In the retelling of the story of the legendary Japanese swordsman Miyamoto Musashi, the story takes the wanderer into a conflict with a chain and sickle wielding adversary who cannot be ... See full summary »

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Kinnosuke Nakamura ... Musashi Miyamoto
Rentarô Mikuni ... Baiken Shishido
Teruo Matsuyama
Hideko Okiyama ... Omaki, Baiken's wife
Hiroshi Tanaka
Kôji Iwamoto ... (as Hironobu Wakamoto)
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In the retelling of the story of the legendary Japanese swordsman Miyamoto Musashi, the story takes the wanderer into a conflict with a chain and sickle wielding adversary who cannot be taken lightly, the man's wife who is out for blood and his gang of ruffians. A protracted fight, duel, as well as stylized philosophical clashes await. Written by aghaemi

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SWORDS OF DEATH (Tomu Uchida, 1971) **1/2
10 January 2009 | by See all my reviews

Jarring, intermittent use of freeze frames accompanied by voice-over narration and some poorly-synched sound effects might well be tell-tale signs that this film was still incomplete when its director passed away in mid-1970. Similar to my previous encounter with Uchida's cinema – the superior A BLOODY SPEAR ON MOUNT FUJI (1955) – this film has a very deliberately paced (and, in this case, muddled) first half as it tells of the exploits of legendary warrior Musashi Miyamoto (played 16 years earlier by the great Toshiro Mifune in a celebrated trilogy of films for director Hiroshi Inakagi and the protagonist of several previous Uchida pictures) and settles on his confrontation with a rival – the owner of a secret weapon he craves – and his equally adept wife (whose brother he had killed years before). This incident takes up virtually all of the film's second half whereupon Musashi emerges triumphant by defeating the man's entire band of followers and setting husband against wife by kidnapping their little son.


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