(out of 5)

Original title:  Kiru

 and his buddy  arrive at a tiny Japanese village just in time to enter a conflict between a samurai clan and a band of rebels who have wised up to their corrupt leader’s nefarious ways. Takahashi wants to leave his life as a farmer behind to become a noble samurai, but Nakadai was once a member of the order and now just wants to blend in with the crowd. When they decide to take the side of the rebels, they are both forced to come out into the spotlight as heroes. The plot is reminiscent of Kurosawa’s Yojimbo, but here the tone has a nastily humorous bent to it that makes the terrific swordplay action and gorgeously crisp photography seem so much richer. Nakadai is terrific, and Kihachi Okamoto’s direction never falters.

Toho Company

Japan, 1968

Directed by

Screenplay by Kihachi Okamoto, , based on the novel Torideyama no Jushichi Nichi by

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Film Editing by 

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