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One of the bloodiest battles in Japanese history plays out in a single day at Sekigahara, with the deaths of 30,000 people. Read More Read Less

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Panos Kotzathanasis Asian Movie Pulse "Sekigahara" is an impressive film, that could have been a masterpiece if Harada had more time in his hands (I think the material could be easily adapted into a trilogy), in order to present the characters and events more thoroughly. Oct 27, 2019 Full Review Nathanael Hood Unseen Films two-and-a-half hours it's too long and too inchoate for anyone other than history professors. Rated: 5/10 Dec 27, 2018 Full Review Mark Schilling Japan Times [Sekigahara] achieves more often than not. Rated: 3/5 Aug 24, 2017 Full Review Read all reviews

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Vid R Great movie, awesome fight scenes(athout little), bruttality, costumes, acting, bgm... 8/10 Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/29/24 Full Review James D You guys are nuts. This is a great film. You have to read about the main characters first. Remember Japanese students know this battel like we know Washington crossing the Delaware . Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/19/24 Full Review Audience Member As the title implies, this film is about the battle of sekigahara, the pivotal battle that effectively ended the warring states era in japan and united the country under the tokugawa shogunate which lasted for centuries afterward. Other movies and books have been made about this event (the film itself is based on Ryutaro Shiba's epic novel). However, instead of centering the film around the victor, Tokugawa Ieyasu, Japan's first Shogun, this film is about the losing end of the battle: Ishida Mitsunari. The film does a good job at making me understand Mitsunari's goals and ambitions. Much of this film is about his building a coalition of allies, advisors and ninjas. he truly believes that he is doing what is best for his country and surrounds himself with those who feel the same. Which makes the eventual betrayal and annihilation of his army (400 year old spoiler alert) feel much more sad. The film looks beautiful. Outside shots in the forest especially looked amazing. Oddly enough, the battle itself seemed very meh in comparison. The film focuses on only a couple characters during the battle and made it feel small. Tens of thousands of soldiers fought and died over 6 or 7 hours of fighting in the real thing. Why does this battle feel more like a skirmish? Another problem I had was the length of the film. There were some points of the film that could've been cut. Specifically, scenes involving Mitsunari's love interest in the third act. I loved her character and her undying loyalty to her master. However, the way her character ended up made the film feel longer and didn't pay off. Long story short, this is a beautiful looking movie with great supporting characters and gives insight and empathy for the losing side. I just wished that a movie about a monumental battle would have more battling in it. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/28/23 Full Review Read all reviews

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Synopsis One of the bloodiest battles in Japanese history plays out in a single day at Sekigahara, with the deaths of 30,000 people.
Masato Harada
Production Co
Django Film
History, Drama, War
Original Language
2h 30m