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Assassination (1964)

Ansatsu (original title)
In 1863, when Americans warships approach Japan, a enigmatic ronin becomes a important figure in a complex game of power between the Shogunate and the empire.


Masahiro Shinoda


Ryôtarô Shiba (novel), Nobuo Yamada (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tetsurô Tanba ... Hachirô Kiyokawa
Shima Iwashita ... Oren, Kiyokawa's sweetheart
Eiji Okada ... Lord Matsudaira
Isao Kimura Isao Kimura ... Tadasaburô Sasaki
Tamotsu Hayakawa Tamotsu Hayakawa ... Shôzô Ishizaka
Eitarô Ozawa Eitarô Ozawa ... Premier Itakura
Fujio Suga Fujio Suga ... Kyûô Udono
Muga Takewaki Muga Takewaki ... Shingo Miyagawa
Takanobu Hozumi Takanobu Hozumi ... Tetsutaro Yamaoka
Hideo Kidokoro Hideo Kidokoro ... Inaba
Tetsuji Takechi Tetsuji Takechi ... Hisamizu Shimazu
Gen Shimizu Gen Shimizu ... Jûjirô Ishii
Yoshindo Yamaji Yoshindo Yamaji ... Detective Yoshikichi
Hiroshi Aoyama Hiroshi Aoyama ... Sankichi
Shin'ya Mizushima Shin'ya Mizushima ... Keijirô Aizawa (as Masaya Mizushima)


In 1863, when Americans warships approach Japan, a enigmatic ronin becomes a important figure in a complex game of power between the Shogunate and the empire.

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Release Date:

30 October 1964 (USA) See more »

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Assassination See more »

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Shochiku Kyoto See more »
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2.35 : 1
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A Charismatic, Though Frightening Entity
10 March 2015 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

This is a film I will watch again, once I have a little better understanding of the politics of the time and place. The film is less accessible to those not of Japanese heritage. The Western movement into Japan has caused a serious disruption of order. Lines are drawn. A charismatic Ronin, Hachiro Kiyakawa, is leading forces. He is an accomplished swordsman, deadly and unpredictable. He manages to get people to follow him, even if they are unclear where his allegiances lie. There are times when closeups reveal what appears to be a madman. His energetic disregard for human life is centered on and he continually puts himself in danger, landing on his feet. Eventually, he is victimized by the confused situation he has helped create. I don't pretend to understand everything, but am incredibly impressed by the work of Masahiro Shinoda. This is a stunning film with beautiful images and nonpareil cinematography. He uses flashbacks to show the rise of Kiyakawa and the victimization of his mistress. There is much storytelling that is quite effective. Apparently, this is an early work. I will endeavor to find more of his offerings in the future.

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