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Vengeance for Sale (2001)

Sukedachi-ya Sukeroku (original title)
A lively and rambunctious samurai who has made a successful living out there and developed quite a reputation returns to his hometown just in time for big things to go down. His methods are... See full summary »

Director:

Kihachi Okamoto

Writers:

Daisaku Ikuta (novel), Kihachi Okamoto
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hiroyuki Sanada ... Sukeroku Sukedachiya
Kyôka Suzuki Kyôka Suzuki ... Osen
Takehiro Murata Takehiro Murata ... Taro
Tatsuya Nakadai ... Umetaro Katakura
Shingo Tsurumi ... Shinkuro Wakiya
Hirotarô Honda Hirotarô Honda ... Hotta
Kyôko Kishida ... Otome
Keiju Kobayashi Keiju Kobayashi ... Undertakert
Ittoku Kishibe Ittoku Kishibe ... Oribe Sakakibara
Tôru Kazama Tôru Kazama ... Okenosuke
Naoto Takenaka ... Enemy
Kyûsaku Shimada ... Enemy
Makoto Satô Makoto Satô ... Enemy
Hiroko Isayama Hiroko Isayama ... Revenger
Mami Okamoto Mami Okamoto ... Revenger
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Storyline

A lively and rambunctious samurai who has made a successful living out there and developed quite a reputation returns to his hometown just in time for big things to go down. His methods are unconventional, but work. A town businessman has a few ideas and tricks up his sleeve to profit from his presence. Written by aghaemi

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

16 February 2002 (Japan) See more »

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This was Kihachi Okamoto's first film in over five years. It would be his last film. Okamoto passed away in 2005. See more »

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Delightful retro samurai film
14 August 2003 | by poikkeusSee all my reviews

This tense and amusing samurai drama stars Hiruyuki Sanada as a spirited entrepreneur who makes a living brokering negotiations between rival swordsmen. When a famous fighter (Tatsuya Nakadai) rolls into town, the broker discovers some clues to his past, and tries to flummox the designs of a corrupt official out to deflower his longtime love.

Vengeance for Hire is a wonderful, low-budget throwback to those memorably offbeat samurai films of the mid-sixties, albeit with superb set design, photography, and acting. The plot unfolds at its own pace, then kicks in with a series of delicious set pieces guaranteed to keep an audience delighted and surprised.

A real treat.


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