Tatsuya Nakadai, Yûzô Kayama, Michiyo Aratama, Yôko Naitô
Kihachi Okamoto (Director), Shinobu Hashimoto (Writer)
Released: Jul. 1st, 1966
Runtime: 2 hours, 2 minutes
Merciless swordsman Ryunosuke Tsukue is a government assassin in feudal Japan who has no remorse and no moral code. When he is scheduled to participate in a friendly fencing contest, he ends up killing his competitor. Next, after a fight with his own mistress, he murders her and deserts their infant son. Later, while spending the night in a haunted geisha house, he sees the specters of all of his victims and spirals into madness, leaving a...
We can't be sure if Ryunosuke's story would have continued on in the subsequent films or if his character ended with this film.
I first payed attention to the movie when I read a review by Movieforums member reviewed it, and I considered the review to be well-written and interesting enough for me to watch the movie soon after reading the review.
I wasn't real big on the way the film ended but then I learned later that the author of the novel that this was based on, died before it could be finished, so the ending is an appropriate way to acknowledge that fact.