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The Assassination

1964 1h 45m Drama List
Reviews 87% Audience Score 50+ Ratings In 19th century Japan, Hachiro (Tetsuro Tamba), a farmer trained in the ways of the samurai, supports the emperor as the besieged ruler is fighting off factions of feudal generals looking to seize control of the country. When Hachiro is captured by the generals, he is offered his freedom in exchange for executing a group loyal to the emperor. Although Hachiro accepts the mission, his motives are suspect to the army men -- and it remains murky which side this lone hero is really on. Read More Read Less

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Anton Bitel Eye for Film A masterpiece of cinematic storytelling, matching a jigsaw-like economy of construction to a wide variety of visual styles, while never being anything less than gripping. Rated: 4.5/5 Jul 5, 2007 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member As switching as the main character ...but interesting view on the Meijin period Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Audience Member Rambling story, excellent photography and score--Nihilistic samurai film!! Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Audience Member I need to watch this again. I didn't understand anything. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/09/23 Full Review Audience Member this film knocked me out. a little seen masterpiece of the samurai genre, it follows a clever ronin in the tense days after the landing of comodore perry's ships at edo in 1853, and subsequent civil war between the shogun and the emperor. a dark view of japanese history with magnificent b&w cinematography Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/09/23 Full Review Audience Member Flawless Shinoda thriller about the events that lead to the Assassination of a supporter of a proposed uprising against the pro-foreigner Shogunate, with fight scenes that put Akira Kurosawa to shame AND a Toru Takemitsu soundtrack. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/15/23 Full Review Audience Member quand un réalisateur de la nouvelle vague japonaise s'attaque au jidai geki... Inattendu et passionnant. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/21/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis In 19th century Japan, Hachiro (Tetsuro Tamba), a farmer trained in the ways of the samurai, supports the emperor as the besieged ruler is fighting off factions of feudal generals looking to seize control of the country. When Hachiro is captured by the generals, he is offered his freedom in exchange for executing a group loyal to the emperor. Although Hachiro accepts the mission, his motives are suspect to the army men -- and it remains murky which side this lone hero is really on.
Director
Masahiro Shinoda
Genre
Drama
Original Language
English
Runtime
1h 45m