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Assassination (1964)

Ansatsu (original title)
In 1863, when Americans warships approach Japan, a enigmatic ronin becomes a important figure in a complex game of power between the Shogunate and the empire.

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Hachirô Kiyokawa
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Oren, Kiyokawa's sweetheart
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Lord Matsudaira
Isao Kimura ...
Tadasaburô Sasaki
Tamotsu Hayakawa ...
Shôzô Ishizaka
Eitarô Ozawa ...
Premier Itakura
Fujio Suga ...
Kyûô Udono
Muga Takewaki ...
Shingo Miyagawa
Takanobu Hozumi
Hideo Kidokoro ...
Inaba
Tetsuji Takechi ...
Hisamizu Shimazu
Gen Shimizu ...
Jûjirô Ishii
Yoshindo Yamaji ...
Detective Yoshikichi
Hiroshi Aoyama ...
Sankichi
Shin'ya Mizushima ...
Keijirô Aizawa (as Masaya Mizushima)
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In 1863, when Americans warships approach Japan, a enigmatic ronin becomes a important figure in a complex game of power between the Shogunate and the empire.

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A Charismatic, Though Frightening Entity
10 March 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a film I will watch again, once I have a little better understanding of the politics of the time and place. The film is less accessible to those not of Japanese heritage. The Western movement into Japan has caused a serious disruption of order. Lines are drawn. A charismatic Ronin, Hachiro Kiyakawa, is leading forces. He is an accomplished swordsman, deadly and unpredictable. He manages to get people to follow him, even if they are unclear where his allegiances lie. There are times when closeups reveal what appears to be a madman. His energetic disregard for human life is centered on and he continually puts himself in danger, landing on his feet. Eventually, he is victimized by the confused situation he has helped create. I don't pretend to understand everything, but am incredibly impressed by the work of Masahiro Shinoda. This is a stunning film with beautiful images and nonpareil cinematography. He uses flashbacks to show the rise of Kiyakawa and the victimization of his mistress. There is much storytelling that is quite effective. Apparently, this is an early work. I will endeavor to find more of his offerings in the future.


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