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The Conquest (1965)

Akutô (original title)
A morally-suspect and self-serving retainer rashly baits her high-ranking employer, a regional governor, with a salacious story of a former acquaintance and catastrophe ensues.

Director:

Kaneto Shindô
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nobuko Otowa ... Jijyu
Kyôko Kishida ... Kanze
Eitarô Ozawa Eitarô Ozawa ... Moronao
Isao Kimura Isao Kimura ... Shioya Hangan
Jûkichi Uno Jûkichi Uno ... Kenko
Kôji Takahashi Kôji Takahashi ... Yakushiji
Taiji Tonoyama ... Sanjonomori Soson
Kentarô Kaji Kentarô Kaji
Eimei Esumi Eimei Esumi ... Ohira
Masaharu Wazawa Masaharu Wazawa
Shôji Ôki Shôji Ôki
Kiyoto Harada Kiyoto Harada
Kôji Shimizu Kôji Shimizu ... Saburo Yawata
Kanta Mori Kanta Mori
Atsuko Kawaguchi Atsuko Kawaguchi
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A morally-suspect and self-serving retainer rashly baits her high-ranking employer, a regional governor, with a salacious story of a former acquaintance and catastrophe ensues.

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

September 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Scoundrel See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Possibly the best I've seen from Shindo
31 May 2015 | by godgetsmepumpedSee all my reviews

Everyone knows Kaneto Shindo from his horror classics 'Kuroneko' and 'Onibaba' and although they're both undoubtedly great films, I've been more impressed by his lesser-known works, like 'Wolf' and 'Human' and now, 'A Scoundrel,' which could be the greatest of the lot. Set in the war-torn 14th century, the film concerns the governor of a province whose chamberlain (the phenomenal Nobuko Otowa, Shindo's wife) tells him of a woman she knew in the Royal court whose beauty could tear a nation apart. The foreshadowing is not so subtle. 'A Scoundrel' was co-written by Shindo and Japan's beloved Junichiro Tanizaki (an author who has not impressed me much, although I've only read very little), and is at once humorous, suspenseful, gruesome, and absolutely fascinating.


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