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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.


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Director: Kinji Fukasaku
Stars: Shin'ichi Chiba, Kinnosuke Nakamura, Tsunehiko Watase


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


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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Action | Adventure | Drama | War


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Release Date:

8 February 1991 (USA)  »

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Heaven and Earth  »

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$42,000,000 (estimated)

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'Ken Watanabe' became ill during shooting (he had acute myelocytic leukemia) and Kagetora had to be recast. See more »


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 »


Usami: Even brothers are subject to fate - you were born to be a ruler - war is your destiny!
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Referenced in Martial Law II: Undercover (1991) See more »

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Excellent film
1 July 2007 | by See all my reviews

This is one of the best samurai films I have ever seen, the screen images are out standing and the plot line is solid, this film is truly a hidden gem and should be seen. I have seen this film a few times and have enjoyed watching it each time, which is the mark of a good film. I enjoyed the large battle scenes which rival any scenes from the best Hollywood can produce. It is truly refreshing to see such films from non Hollywood sources. I would have to say that this was the best samurai film in its decade and possibly one of the best films I have ever seen. I would suggest this film to any samurai buff or anybody who enjoys a visually stunning film.

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