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Sekigahara (2017)

A depiction of Japan's 17th Century Battle of Sekigahara where the Army of the East takes up arms against the Army of the West.

Director:

Masato Harada

Writer:

Ryôtarô Shiba (based on the novel by)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Jun'ichi Okada Jun'ichi Okada ... Mitsunari Ishida
Kôji Yakusho ... Ieyasu Tokugawa
Kasumi Arimura ... Hatsume
Takehiro Hira ... Sakon Shima
Masahiro Higashide ... Hideaki Kobayakawa
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Daisuke Amano Daisuke Amano ... Tadakatsu Honda
Akinori Andô Akinori Andô ... Junpei Watanabe
Mitsu Dan Mitsu Dan ... Monk Myozen
Akiko Enji Akiko Enji ... Mitsu
Shihô Harumi ... Ekei Ankokuji
Jun Hashimoto Jun Hashimoto ... Mondo Kedani
Keisuke Horibe ... Sukenzaemon Yasojima
Shô Ikushima ... Hideie Ukita
Hajime Inoue Hajime Inoue ... Kurodo Gamo
Ayumi Itô ... Shiro Hebi
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The background to and depiction of a watershed battle in Japanese history, at Sekigahara in 1600, when Tokugawa Ieyasu's Army of the East defeated the Army of the West of Ishida Mitsunari. The story includes the intrigues and shifting loyalties of the various retainers, family members, and samurai. Written by kmoskow

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Drama | History | War

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan] | sumikai

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

26 August 2017 (Japan) See more »

Filming Locations:

Japan

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Production Co:

Django Film,Toho Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The film was part of the line-up at the Japanese Canadian Film Festival in Toronto in 2018. See more »

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A more balanced account of Sekigahara
20 August 2018 | by bigpaulshySee all my reviews

The Battle of Sekigahara in 1600 was one of the pivotal moments in Japanese history. Although the battle itself only lasted 6 hours, the events which led up to it were years in the making. This was effectively the battle where the Tokugawa clan began the usurpation of the power base of the Toyotomi clan put in place by the regent Hideyoshi. This film is the story of the political maneuvering and events which led up to the clash at Sekigahara where the Western forces organised by Ishida Mitsunari were pitted against the Tokugawa in the East. I really liked this film because of the way Ishida Mitsunari was portrayed by Junichi Okada. In many of the Taiga dramas which deal with the backdrop to Sekigahara, Mitsunari is portrayed as an indecisive un-charismatic coward with his own lack of leadership, personality and battle nous being responsible for the result of the battle. Here he is portrayed as competent and intelligent and it is a refreshing change. The film is quite slow to start with but that is a simple reflection of the reality of the build-up to Sekigahara with the Tokugawa playing the long game before making their move. The film is beautifully shot with lavish backdrops and excellent costumes. The acting is also excellent. I can see why anyone without a bit of knowledge of Japanese history would be bamboozled by the plethora of characters presented here and that may spoil some people's enjoyment of the film


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