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Bushido (1963)

Bushidô zankoku monogatari (original title)
After a salary-man's fiancée attempts suicide, he remembers his gruesome family history, which sees his ancestors sacrificing themselves for the sake of their cruel lords, and realizes that he's about to repeat their mistakes.

Director:

Tadashi Imai

Writers:

Norio Nanjo (story), Naoyuki Suzuki | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Kinnosuke Nakamura Kinnosuke Nakamura ... Jirozaemon / Iikura / Sajiemon / Kyutaro / Shuzo / Shingo / Osamu / Susumu
Eijirô Tôno ... Shibiku-Shosuke Hori
Kyôko Kishida ... Lady Hagi
Masayuki Mori ... Lord Tambanokami Munemasa Hori
Shinjirô Ebara Shinjirô Ebara ... Shibiku-Shosuke Yasutaka Hori (as Shinjirô Ehara)
Takeshi Katô
Yoshiko Mita Yoshiko Mita ... Kyoko Hitomi
Ineko Arima ... Maki, Shuzo's wife
Isao Kimura Isao Kimura ... Hirotaro Iguchi (as Ko Kimura)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kusuo Abe Kusuo Abe
Harue Akagi Harue Akagi
Ushio Akashi Ushio Akashi ... Chief retainer
Yoshirô Aoki Yoshirô Aoki ... Vassal
Michiko Araki ... Shigeno, Kyutaro's mother
Emiko Azuma Emiko Azuma ... Hori Tamba's wife
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After a salary-man's fiancée attempts suicide, he remembers his gruesome family history, which sees his ancestors sacrificing themselves for the sake of their cruel lords, and realizes that he's about to repeat their mistakes.

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Winner Grand Prize Berlin Film Festival 1963 See more »

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Action | Drama

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

28 April 1963 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Bushido: The Cruel Code of the Samurai See more »

Filming Locations:

Tokyo, Japan

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Production Co:

Toei Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Criminally underexposed top-notch (anti)samurai film.
3 December 2013 | by un_samouraiSee all my reviews

What a shame that an excellent film like this is languishing away with not even 200 votes.

I happen to think that the two nations with the richest film cultures are the French, and the Japanese. Both have multiple examples of excellence in every decade, in every genre. I say this to show my admiration for Japanese cinema writ large. I've seen around 250 Japanese pictures, and "Bushido..." is in my top ten.

I'm not going to get into plot points and things like that. I'm simply going to say that this is a knock-out picture, and a hell of an indictment of the injustices of the samurai era. It features an excellent central performance by Kinnosuke Nakamura (playing a number of different characters over many generations of one family's struggles).

I've only seen this film and "Aduachi" aka Revenge, (which is above average for sure, but not as great as "Bushisdo..."), so to me Imai is a director to keep exploring.


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