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Heaven and Earth (1990)

Ten to Chi to (original title)
In 16th century Japan, two samurai engage in massive battles across the countryside; one attempting to conquer and the other attempting to defend his land while repressing his love for a woman after taking a vow of celibacy.


Haruki Kadokawa
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Credited cast:
Takaaki Enoki Takaaki Enoki ... Kagetora
Masahiko Tsugawa Masahiko Tsugawa ... Takeda Shingen
Atsuko Asano Atsuko Asano ... Nami
Naomi Zaizen Naomi Zaizen ... Yae
Hironobu Nomura Hironobu Nomura ... Taro Yoshinobu
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John G. Andrews ... Warrior
Masatô Ibu ... Akida
Morio Kazama Morio Kazama ... Imperial Messenger
Kyôko Kishida ... Maid-In-Waiting
Hideo Murota Hideo Murota ... Obu
Isao Natsuyagi ... Yamamoto Kansuke
Hiroyuki Okita Hiroyuki Okita ... Kosaka Danjo
Tsunehiko Watase Tsunehiko Watase ... Usami
Stuart Whitman ... Narrator (English version) (voice)
Takeshi Ôbayashi Takeshi Ôbayashi


Warlords Kagetora and Takeda each wish to prevent the other from gaining hegemony in feudal Japan. The two samurai leaders pursue one another across the countryside, engaging in massive battles of cavalry and infantry. Younger and less brutal, Kagetora must find the strength to be as brutal as his opponent, but at what cost? Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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English | Japanese

Release Date:

8 February 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kagetora See more »

Filming Locations:

Alberta, Canada See more »


Box Office


$42,000,000 (estimated)
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Haruki Kadokawa Films See more »
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Set a world record for the most number of saddled horses ever used in one sequence for a motion picture: 800 horses. See more »


Uesugi Kenshin (Kagetora) is referred to as the "Tiger of Echigo." This is incorrect, as he was known as the Dragon of Echigo, whereas Takeda Shingen was called the Tiger of Kai. This is very odd, considering the director is a Japanese, and so are the rest of the crew. See more »


Usami: Even brothers are subject to fate - you were born to be a ruler - war is your destiny!
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Referenced in Martial Law II: Undercover (1991) See more »

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Beautiful To See, But Not Much Else
1 October 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

This is one of the prettier films I've seen with some wonderful cinematography and beautiful scenery. It's the reason I kept the film for quite a while, because the story was uninvolving. All the characters sound the same with a lot of the grunting macho male voices. The Japanese seem to show this in a number of films and is so foreign to our culture, it's hard to relate.

This is a story about two warriors - one shown in orange and the other in black, but it really wasn't good guy-versus-bad guy, just two people battling over land. Boy, that sounds familiar, as you know. Countries do the same, unfortunately.

This movie, according to critics, was supposed to have some fantastic action scenes. Well, let's just say that's not the case; the action scenes are very overrated.

Great visuals are the attraction here; not much else. Still, it's a shame something this beautiful is not available on DVD.

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