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Directed by Masaki Kobayashi

Japan 1967 121 mins. In Japanese

This stunning meditation on honor, duty, justice, and love, set in the 18th century, stars the magnificent Toshirô Mifune as Isaburo, a renowned swordsman who takes an heroic but deadly stand for individual freedom. Isaburo is the essence of samurai loyalty until his daughter-in-law is commandeered as mistress for his overlord. The injustice moves him toward a revolt raging with power and emotion. “Everything builds to a climactic bloodletting, and the point of the violence is not so much its kinetic exhilaration as its tragic inevitability. Travis Bickle (TAXI DRIVER) might well recognize the profoundly alienated warrior as his ancestor.”—Terrence Rafferty, The New York Times. Winner of the Kinema Jumpo Award for Best Japanese Film of 1967.

Genres: Drama, Historical

Appears in: Samurai Cinema