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Ken (1964)

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Cast

Cast overview:
Raizô Ichikawa Raizô Ichikawa ... Jiro Kokubun
Yûsuke Kawazu ... Kagawa
Hisaya Morishige Hisaya Morishige ... Mibu
Akio Hasegawa Akio Hasegawa ... Mibu
Noriko Sengoku Noriko Sengoku ... Kiuchi
Keiju Kobayashi Keiju Kobayashi ... Eri Itami
Yuka Konno Yuka Konno ... Shigeko Fujishiro
Junko Kozakura Junko Kozakura ... Sanae Mibu
Yoshio Inaba Yoshio Inaba ... Seiichiro Kokubun
Rieko Sumi Rieko Sumi ... Hiroko Kokubun
Kuniichi Takami Kuniichi Takami
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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

14 March 1964 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

KEN: A Espada See more »

Filming Locations:

Izu Peninsula, Shizuoka, Japan See more »

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Daiei Studios See more »
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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Mibu: We come to life, we die... It's a perpetual renewal. How boring
Jiro Kokubun: Did you come up with that? Or did you read it in a book
Mibu: No, I just came up with it.
Jiro Kokubun: Don't think about the future, you are still young.
Mibu: But I have hope
Jiro Kokubun: Me too, but I dislike triviality.
Mibu: Triviality? Is thinking about the future trivial?
Jiro Kokubun: Yes.
Mibu: So what is your goal in life then?
Jiro Kokubun: Satisfaction of the present. The sword, and nothing else. I only think about victory at the national championship. Everything else is futile. Do you understand?
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A pure hearted soul in world that's corrupt
2 January 2009 | by cteavin-1See all my reviews

The movie is set in a Kendo club at university and has, as it's primary conflicts , the struggles between Kawaza and Kokubun, Kokubun and the world; there are two subplots involving a novice Kendo player and Kokubun; and a woman and Kokubun.

Kokubun represents Japans innocence, its virtue, its purity, its purpose (his name means "a part of the country). He is unknowingly engaged in a battle to be the leader of the kendo club with an equally talented rival, Kazawa, who lacks Kokubu's focus and self possession.

Kendo is the epitome of the traditional Japanese spirit; pay attention to how Western "things" are presented and juxtaposed to traditional values (I'm thinking of a gun, a café, and a dance scene) and compare how the characters are different in the city versus at the temple.

It's a subtle story. Kazawa is unable to discipline himself and Kokubun is unwilling to bend himself to the future or the "ways of the world". How will it play out? Watch it and see: it's a fine film where kendo is a metaphor and the story is chance to think on something more.


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