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Special Forces commander Captain Tadamori returns to Kyoto after successfully defeating the uprising of pirates in the western sea of Japan. But because the high courtiers dislike career soldiers gaining power and influence, they ignore the will of ex-Emperor Toba and refuse to reward the captain. Reward recommender Lord Tokinobu is punished, and the captain sends his son Kiyomori to the Lord's residence, where he falls in love with Tokiko, the Lord's daughter. Meanwhile, Kiyomori finds out that he is possibly the ex-Emperor's son...Written by
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The original title "Shin Heike monogatari" means "The New Tale of the Heike". "Heike" refers to Taira, the name of the clan depicted in the movie, since "hei" is an alternate reading of the first kanji (character) of Taira. The story is based on the historical novel of the same name by Eiji Yoshikawa, published in 1950. The latter was inspired by the epic account "Heike monogatari" ("The Tale of the Heike"), a renowned Japanese classic written in the 13th century. See more »
A quite different Mizoguchi film we have right here, but it entertained me all the way through and the cinematography is top-notch; the camera-work and scenes are outstanding as usual. The film starts slow and takes a while to unfold, but once the story is unfolded and everything is cleared up, it hooked me. The only thing lacking might be the ending, which leaves things quite incomplete and it kind of left me wanting for more, but I believe it was intended to end in this manner. Perhaps they were planning to produce a sequel or something of the sort, although I am not anywhere sure about it, so do not take my opinion for granted.
All I can say is that this film is worth watching; it will not disappoint any Mizoguchi fan.
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