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Shinobi No Mono 4: Siege (1964)

Shinobi no mono: Kirigakure Saizo (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 11 July 1964 (Japan)
Tokugawa Ieyasu is the ruler of all Japan. But one last loose thread must be tied up before his domination is complete -- the destruction of the Toyotomi clan, now beseiged in Osaka castle.... See full summary »

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Tokuzô Tanaka

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Hajime Takaiwa
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Cast

Cast overview:
Raizô Ichikawa Raizô Ichikawa ... Saizo Kirigakure
Saburô Date
Midori Isomura Midori Isomura ... Akane
Ganjirô Nakamura Ganjirô Nakamura ... Ieyasu Tokugawa
Katsuhiko Kobayashi Katsuhiko Kobayashi
Jun'ichirô Narita Jun'ichirô Narita
Tomisaburô Wakayama ... Sanada Yukimura (as Joh Kenzaburo)
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Tokugawa Ieyasu is the ruler of all Japan. But one last loose thread must be tied up before his domination is complete -- the destruction of the Toyotomi clan, now beseiged in Osaka castle. Ieyasu's ninja are the only ones who can penetrate the fortress, but unfortunately for Ieyasu, Kirigakure Saizo (Ichikawa) and the other Toyotomi ninja can just as easily get out. As armies of samurai maneuver for battle, the fate of the nation will be decided by a desperate struggle in the dark! Written by Anonymous

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Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

11 July 1964 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Ninja 4 See more »

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Daiei Studios See more »
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Mono
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Followed by Shinsho: shinobi no mono (1966) See more »

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Showing Signs of Fatigue
29 May 2019 | by jrd_73See all my reviews

In spite of the ending of the third film bringing the story to a satisfactorily close, Daiei studio has continued on the series with a new ninja, Saizo Kirigakure, but still played by Ichikawa Raizo. This casting seems a little odd. Raizo is a good actor, but I think the film would have been less confusing had a new face played the new ninja. In addition to Raizo, Tomisaburo Wakayama returns in a new role (his first character dying in a previous entry). However, characters from the previous three films do appear in this entry, some still played by the actors in the previous films, making the plot a bit hard to follow.

This fourth film is set fifteen years after the events in the previous film. Ieyasu, the schemer from the two previous films, is trying to break the last of those opposed to his rein, these being the son and mistress of the late Hideyoshi, who lost an ill-advised invasion of Korea in the third film. Ichikawa Raizo's Kirigakure is on the side of the son and against Ieyasu. What follows are two sieges, a love interest, and our hero ninja turning himself invisible (is that historically accurate?). There is more action than in the last entry, but I have grown tired of the series. Fans might want to continue through all eight Shinobi No Mono films, but this is where I am bailing.

Those interested in Japanese military history might enjoy the Shinobi No Mono series. However, for those who just want to watch Ichikawa Raizo kill a lot of people, the Kyoshiro Nemuri films are the way to go.


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