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Hitokiri (1969)

A destitute ronin allies himself with an established clan, but its ruthless leader tries to turn him into a mindless killer.

Director:

Hideo Gosha

Writers:

Ryôtarô Shiba (based on the novel by), Shinobu Hashimoto (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Shintarô Katsu ... Izo Okada
Tatsuya Nakadai ... Hanpeita Takechi
Yukio Mishima ... Shinbei Tanaka
Yûjirô Ishihara ... Ryoma Sakamoto
Mitsuko Baishô Mitsuko Baishô ... Onimo
Takumi Shinjo Takumi Shinjo ... Minakawa
Noboru Nakaya Noboru Nakaya ... Kintoki Anegakoji
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jin'ichirô Andô Jin'ichirô Andô
Takeshi Date Takeshi Date ... Rônin patrol leader
Tatsuo Fujimori Tatsuo Fujimori
Ren Fukuyama Ren Fukuyama
Kin'ichi Hagimoto Kin'ichi Hagimoto
Ken Hatano Ken Hatano
Jirô Higashioo Jirô Higashioo
Sôtarô Ibuki Sôtarô Ibuki
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Storyline

Izo Okada, a ronin (masterless samurai), desperately seeks a way out of his financial straits. He allies himself with the Tosa clan under the ruthless leader, Takechi, and imagines that he has come up in the world. But Takechi makes Izo a killer and a puppet, filled with self-loathing and a need to stop Takechi. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

February 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tenchu! See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Yukio Mishima's character commits seppuku and one year later, Mishima himself will commit the same way of ritual suicide. See more »

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One of the greatest chambara movies ever made !
22 June 1999 | by JigoSee all my reviews

Tenchu aka. Hitokiri- directed by Hideo Gosha - starring Shintaro Katsu and Tetsuya NAkadei belongs (together with Goyokin, HAra Kiri & Rebellion) to the best chambara movies existing.

Its the story about Shintaro Katsu (who plays Okada Izo) working for Nakadei, who wants to become the daymio. Okada, being the "cleaner" for Nakadei is being treated like a dog - and after quite a while he realises - what he realy is to Nakadei.

But there is so much more in this movie - every fan of japanese cinema should have seen it !!!!!!!

(Tenchu means Heavens Punishment)


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