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Samurai Rebellion

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.

Appears in: Samurai Cinema

Genres: Drama, Historical

Other Films by Masaki Kobayashi


Set in the Tokugawa era (1600-1868), Kobayashi’s classic film is a searing indictment of the hypocrisy and exploitation of the ideal of samurai honor. After the shogunate embarks on a campaign to wipe out provincial lords, thousands of ronin (masterless samurai) flood the cities looking for work. An older samurai, Hanshiro Tsugumo (Tatsuya Nakadai), arrives