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      1969 2h 4m Action Adventure Drama List
      Reviews 84% Audience Score 250+ Ratings A guilt-stricken samurai tries to stop a massacre. Read More Read Less

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      Audience Member Tatsuya Nakadai (probably best known for Kagemusha and Ran but also also in Harakiri, Yojimbo, The Human Condition, When A Woman Ascends the Stairs, and Samurai Rebellion, among many others) stars as a ronin samurai who has left his clan because they were involved in the massacre of innocent farmers, as part of a nefarious plot to steal gold from the shogun. Nakadai's character has felt terrible guilt in the three years since, because he never turned in the villains or challenged them. His honour gone, he is about to sell his sword when he hears that his clan, led by Tetsurô Tanba is about to try the same plan again, with another village doomed to be wiped out to cover up the theft of more gold. So, Nakadai makes his way slowly and steadily to the scene of the battle to make up for his mistake. Naturally, in true chambara style, the film will end in a duel between Nakadai and Tanba. However, the inexorable nature of the plot still leaves room for some great scenes (Nakadai besieged in a two-story shack that is eventually set on fire) and some excellent widescreen vistas (waves crashing on rocks, samurai against the sunset). Perhaps not the greatest of samurai films, but enjoyable for fans of the genre or Nakadai. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/04/23 Full Review Audience Member Outstanding story, I was blown away. Perhaps one of the best Chambara film there is. Love the twist and turns! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/13/23 Full Review Audience Member Detailed review follows... Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Audience Member "it's a funeral for us samurai" Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/10/23 Full Review Audience Member Gorgeous snowy landscapes abutting the sea. Mostly drama, little action. It's slow in parts, but quite impressive given when it came out. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member Plenty of action for the samurai film set, and the intelligent story and character development is a plus. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis A guilt-stricken samurai tries to stop a massacre.
      Hideo Gosha
      Hideo Gosha, Kei Tasaka
      Action, Adventure, Drama
      Original Language
      2h 4m