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Heaven and Earth (1990)

Ten to Chi to (original title)
In 16th century Japan, two samurai engage in massive battles across the countryside; one attempting to conquer and the other attempting to defend his land while repressing his love for a woman after taking a vow of celibacy.

Director:

Haruki Kadokawa
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Cast

Credited cast:
Takaaki Enoki Takaaki Enoki ... Kagetora
Masahiko Tsugawa Masahiko Tsugawa ... Takeda Shingen
Atsuko Asano Atsuko Asano ... Nami
Naomi Zaizen Naomi Zaizen ... Yae
Hironobu Nomura Hironobu Nomura ... Taro Yoshinobu
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John G. Andrews ... Warrior
Masatô Ibu Masatô Ibu ... Akida
Morio Kazama Morio Kazama ... Imperial Messenger
Kyôko Kishida ... Maid-In-Waiting
Hideo Murota Hideo Murota ... Obu
Isao Natsuyagi ... Yamamoto Kansuke
Hiroyuki Okita Hiroyuki Okita ... Kosaka Danjo
Tsunehiko Watase Tsunehiko Watase ... Usami
Stuart Whitman ... Narrator (English version) (voice)
Takeshi Ôbayashi Takeshi Ôbayashi
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Storyline

Warlords Kagetora and Takeda each wish to prevent the other from gaining hegemony in feudal Japan. The two samurai leaders pursue one another across the countryside, engaging in massive battles of cavalry and infantry. Younger and less brutal, Kagetora must find the strength to be as brutal as his opponent, but at what cost? Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Genres:

Action | Adventure | Drama | War

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Japan

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

8 February 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Heaven and Earth See more »

Filming Locations:

Alberta, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$42,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$307,775
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Haruki Kadokawa Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(cut) | (uncut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Did You Know?

Trivia

It took four months to film all the battle scenes for the film, each day using 500 crew, 80 wranglers, 95 Assistant Directors, seven full camera crews (two Japanese and five American), 40 tons of wardrobe, 3000 extras, 800 horses with riders. See more »

Goofs

The Ashigaru (foot-soldiers) all wore Mempo (face masks). Mempo were only worn by samurai (and not even then by ALL samurai), who were all mounted. The reason for this is because pretty much all of the Ashigaru were played by Canadians, and the Mempo hid this fact. See more »

Quotes

Usami: Even brothers are subject to fate - you were born to be a ruler - war is your destiny!
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Connections

Referenced in Martial Law II: Undercover (1991) See more »

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visually impressive but dull
25 November 2005 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This movie has great battle scenes--large, intense and seemingly real. The clash between the red and black colored armies is a visual treat. The problem is that for as great as these scenes are, the film lags greatly on the personal level. The dialog just seems as if it is being filmed at a great emotional distance--and OFTEN, the scenes are actually filmed at a pretty great physical distance. If the movie could have been re-edited with new writing and direction for the non-spectacular scenes, it might achieve greatness. Otherwise, it just seems a little too cold and distant to become engaging. In this sense, it looks, at times, more like a documentary on the History Channel more than a film about PEOPLE and events.


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