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The Secret of the Urn (1966)

Tange Sazen: Hien iaigiri (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 21 May 1966 (Japan)
Loyal samurai Samanosuke is attacked, mutilated, and left for dead while carrying out a mission for his clan. He recovers but has lost an eye and an arm. Taking a new identity as Tange ... See full summary »

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Hideo Gosha
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Credited cast:
Kinnosuke Nakamura Kinnosuke Nakamura ... Samanosuke / Tange Sazen
Tetsurô Tanba ... Lord Yagyu Tsushima
Keiko Awaji ... Fuji
Isao Kimura Isao Kimura ... Yagyu Genzaburo
Wakaba Irie Wakaba Irie ... Hagino
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bin Amatsu Bin Amatsu
Takuya Fujioka Takuya Fujioka
Kiyoshi Hitomi Kiyoshi Hitomi
Minoru Hodaka Minoru Hodaka
Yoshinobu Kaneko Yoshinobu Kaneko
Seizaburô Kawazu
Kazutarô Kuni Kazutarô Kuni
Kinji Nakamura Kinji Nakamura
Shinnosuke Ogata Shinnosuke Ogata
Junkichi Orimoto Junkichi Orimoto
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Loyal samurai Samanosuke is attacked, mutilated, and left for dead while carrying out a mission for his clan. He recovers but has lost an eye and an arm. Taking a new identity as Tange Sazen, he searches for a stolen urn which has hidden significance to his clan. But Tange Sazen has his own reasons for seeking the urn. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Merely average; see only if you're a fan.
16 July 2001 | by shinobirastafariSee all my reviews

I wanted to like this one, but for a number of reasons, I just couldn't get into it. First of all, I'm not a big fan of the actor playing the hero -- perhaps its that he's missing an eye (at least, the character is), but he really doesn't put in a compelling performance, which is rare for a Gosha protagonist. The plot and theme are typical Gosha (lower-ranked samurai gets screwed by his conniving lord, and is now out for justice of his own devise), but it all feels a little half-hearted. Though there are some good examples of Gosha's camera work, he also seems to be trying a bit too hard with some shots, and not hard enough with others.

Finally, for an adventure/revenge story, this one just doesn't have a lot of "drive" to it. I kept waiting for the suspense to kick in, but it never did. I can't say that you should avoid this one, but I certainly can't recommend it to anyone who isn't already a fan of Gosha's work. If you want to see a couple of _great_ examples of Gosha's earlier B&W movies, see "Sanbiki no samurai" (his first movie) or "Kedamono no ken" (his second). If you're just looking for an introduction to Gosha (or chamabara movies), I'd start with Goyokin.


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21 May 1966 (Japan) See more »

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