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Samurai Rebellion

Cast

Toshir? Mifune, YŰko Tsukasa, Takeshi KatŰ, Tatsuyoshi Ehara View All


Crew

Masaki Kobayashi (Director), Shinobu Hashimoto (Writer) View All

Release: May 27th, 1967
Runtime: 2 hours, 1 minute
Toshiro Mifune stars as Isaburo Sasahara, an aging swordsman living a quiet life until his clan lord orders that his son marry the lord's mistress, who has recently displeased the ruler. Reluctantly, father and son take in the woman, and, to the familyís surprise, the young couple fall in love. But the lord soon reverses his decision and demands the mistressís return. Against all expectations, Isaburo and his son refuse, risking the destruction...
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MovieMeditation
The film is very slow and the plot progresses with great patience, which does seem to be rewarding in places, but the bleak and static approach of the writing and direction does tend to bore or at least feel bland from time to time and the lack of music or background noise throughout most of the film also added to that - I did like the added sound of the wind to a number of scenes, working as a "calm before the storm" most of the time.
Citizen Rules
What I thought was interesting is how this Japanese film from 1967 seemed to take it's cues from late 1950s American melodrama films.
Holden Pike
*BTW, Samurai Rebellion has recently been released on R1 DVD by the Criterion Collection, available individually or in the "Rebel Samurai: Sixties Swordplay Classics" boxed set with Sword of the Beast (1965 - Hideo Gosha), Samurai Spy (1965 - Masahiro Shinoda) and Kill.


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