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Shin no shikôtei (1962)

In 221 BC, Qin Shihuangdi conquered the rest of China. Qin's great accomplishments and also his serious faults are showed in this film. Qin adopted autocratic dictatorship and led a ... See full summary »


Shigeo Tanaka


Fuji Yahiro


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Credited cast:
Shintarô Katsu ... Emperor Shih Huang Ti
Fujiko Yamamoto ... Princess Chu
Ken Utsui Ken Utsui ... Crown Prince Tan
Hiroshi Kawaguchi Hiroshi Kawaguchi ... Hsi Liang
Ayako Wakao ... Chiang-nu
Kôjirô Hongô Kôjirô Hongô ... Li Hei
Raizô Ichikawa Raizô Ichikawa ... Ching Ko
Ganjirô Nakamura Ganjirô Nakamura ... Hsu Fu
Isuzu Yamada ... Dowager Empress
Eijirô Tôno ... Li Tang
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gai Harada Gai Harada
Kazuo Hasegawa
Junko Kanô Junko Kanô
Machiko Kyô
Ken Mitsuda Ken Mitsuda ... Mencius


In 221 BC, Qin Shihuangdi conquered the rest of China. Qin's great accomplishments and also his serious faults are showed in this film. Qin adopted autocratic dictatorship and led a luxurious life: abolition of feudalism and the centralization of power in the form of a now-hereditary bureaucracy loyal to himself; burning books and burying scholars; the construction of a sumptuous palace for his concubines and also the Great Wall. Written by morroviolet

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Release Date:

September 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La gran muralla See more »

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Production Co:

Daiei Studios See more »
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Technical Specs


| (German) | (Roadshow Version)

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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Shot in the Super Technirama 70 process, Daiei prepared a special roadshow version that was shown in Cinerama venues in Japan. See more »

Alternate Versions

It was released worldwide in subtitled and dubbed versions. The foreign versions were usually edited to remove some of dialogue sequences and concentrate more on the action and spectacle footage. See more »

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Epic production about the first Emperor of China is one of the best looking films ever made. Its also a bit too talky and soapy for its own good.
26 August 2006 | by dbborroughsSee all my reviews

Shintaro Katsu, best known for playing Zatoichi, plays the first Chinese Emperor, Qin. This is essentially the story of Qin from the founding of "China" by his unifying the various provinces, through the building of the great wall on to close to his death. Its a huge epic production thats been compared to western films like Ten Commandments, Lawrence of Arabia, and Ben Hur. This a film on a scale that they simply don't do any more.

As a epic films go this is one of the most beautiful. Its amazing to look at. The sense of scale and place has been rarely matched. The battle scenes are wonderful and on a scale that few films have ever matched. This is a movie where every person on the screen is a person and you can feel the realness. As an epic spectacle this film is one of the best.

Unfortunately when the spectacle subsides the plot takes over and while its not bad it is rather talky and soapy. Its not bad, but it seems out of place in an epic like this and somehow makes the characters less then the epic size the need to be to inhabit this story. It makes what should have been one of the great films of the world, simply one of the best looking run of the mill ones.

If you can secure yourself a copy do make an effort to see this (on a big screen, TV or theater, its a must.)

(FYI- The full running time of this film is 161 minutes)

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