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This extraordinarily complex film is not only a send-up of every samurai film ever made, it is also an extrapolation of the value of life. The Yamatai, represented by Prince Susano-O and ... See full summary »

Director:

Kon Ichikawa

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Shuntarô Tanikawa (screenplay), Osamu Tezuka (story)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tomisaburô Wakayama ... Sarutahaiko, General of the Yamatai
Toshinori Omi Toshinori Omi ... Nagi
Masao Kusakari Masao Kusakari ... Yumihiko of Matsuro
Kaoru Yumi Kaoru Yumi ... Uzume, a dancer from Matsuro
Ken Tanaka Ken Tanaka ... Takeru
Reiko Ôhara Reiko Ôhara ... Hinaku
Tôru Emori Tôru Emori ... Susanoo
Ryûzô Hayashi Ryûzô Hayashi ... Guzuri
Mieko Takamine ... Queen Himiko of Yamatai
Tatsuya Nakadai ... Jingi the Conqueror, leader of the Takamagahara
Mitsukô Kusabue Mitsukô Kusabue ... Iyo (as Mitsuko Kusabue)
Takeshi Katô Takeshi Katô ... Kamamushi
Junzaburô Ban Junzaburô Ban ... Exorcist
Hideji Ôtaki Hideji Ôtaki ... Sukune
Jun Fubuki Jun Fubuki ... Oro
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This extraordinarily complex film is not only a send-up of every samurai film ever made, it is also an extrapolation of the value of life. The Yamatai, represented by Prince Susano-O and elderly advisor Sumuke, hire Yumihiko of Matsuro to hunt the phoenix so that Queen Himiko, sister of Susano-O can have eteranal life. Matsuro is then destroyed by the Takamagahara, who have mastered the art of horseback riding, which is foreign to all other western Japanese tribes. One of their number, Uzume uses makeup to appear ugly and avoid rape, though her dancing induces Jingi to spare her. Queen Himiko's apprentice, Iyo, orders the execution of an innocent based on her magical observation, so Susano-O sides with the people. A Yamatai doctor named Guzuri washes up from a shipwreck in the country of Kumaso, where Hinaku, daughter of the chief, is dying. Urusni, her husband, is killed hunting the phoenix to save her, but Guzuri gives her penicillin, which saves her, so the chief marries him to her... Written by Scott Hutchins <scottandrewh@home.com>

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

30 March 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fire's Bird See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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