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A samurai looking down the blade of his katana.


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Samurai Rebellion


24 Aug

After two years of marriage to a vassal, a lord demands the return of his concubine. The vassal’s family (led by Toshiro Mifune) rebels, forcing them into conflict with an old friend (played by Tatsuya Nakadai).

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  • The unbending ritual of the samurai code, richly entrenched in legend and historical lore, is stylishly realised and questioned through his use of cool, reticent movement and elegant composition. Score by Toru Takemitsu. With Yoko Tsukasa.