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Sword of the Beast (1965)

Kedamono no ken (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Drama | 18 September 1965 (Japan)
After killing a counselor of his clan, a fugitive samurai befriends a couple poaching the shogun's gold in the mountains.

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Gô Katô ...
Jurata Yamane
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Taka
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Misa
Kantarô Suga ...
Daizaburo
Yôko Mihara ...
Osen
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Tanji
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Hajime Araki
Tsuyoshi Date
Ryûji Fujisawa
Torahiko Hamada
Tôru Hatozaki
Sentarô Hayashi
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Gennosuke, a clan retainer, kills one of the clan ministers as part of a plot to achieve reform. He is pursued by his former comrades, each hoping to complete the vendetta put on Gennosuke by the clan. With the help of a master swordsman, Yamane, Gennosuke has a chance at survival. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Yuuki Gennosuke: I'm a cornered and wounded beast. I can't afford to live by my conscience. My opponent is a strong warrior, it is true. But it's up to me whether I defeat him and take his gold, or am defeated by him... and left to die a dog's death in the hills.
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Solid intro to Gosha's work
12 July 2001 | by See all my reviews

One of Gosha's earlier movies, it contains all the elements that made him a "chambara" director to be admired and emulated: Well-composed and thoughtful cinematography, a cynical view of authority (with certain implications for modern Japanese society), human drama, and OF COURSE, some excellent swordplay!

Certainly a solid and watchable samurai drama, both for "popcorn" and "cinema" appeal. I'd see Goyokin and/or Hitokiri first, but see this one next!


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