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Shogun's Samurai: The Yagyu Clan Conspiracy

1978 2h 10m Action List
Reviews 84% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings In 17th-century Japan, the ruling Tokugawa shogun is dead, and one of his children must now inherit the throne. Though this honor should go to the troubled eldest son, Iemitsu (Matsukata Hiroki), most of the nobility seems to favor his younger brother, Tadanaga (Teruhiko Saigô). This leads to an intense rivalry between the siblings that only intensifies when it is learned that Iemitsu's cohort, the brilliant swordsman Yagyu Jubei (Sonny Chiba), was responsible for the shogun's death. Read More Read Less

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David Cornelius DVDTalk.com Shogun's Samurai is a big, giant, enormous spectacle of an epic of a movie. Rated: 5/5 Oct 8, 2006 Full Review Read all reviews

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dustin d The Yagyu Clan Conspiracy is a sweeping epic of revisionist history. Kinji Fukasaku does an incredible job recreating the period with costumes, sets and sensitivity to massive differences in social classes and customs of the period. It is not without some silly and fantastic elements though, especially in the over-the-top martial arts scenes. While I appreciated all the familiar faces in the cast, my main criticism is this movie is overloaded with characters and subplots (much like his Battles Without Honor or Humanity series). It is hard to keep all the characters straight in your head, and some subplots and characters are dropped suddenly, which compounds the confusion. Overall, it is an exciting and well-made film that could have used a harsher editor. I feel there is a five-star movie in this four-star one. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Decent though could do with some cutting. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/12/23 Full Review Audience Member I've never seen anything like it. Can't even think which one is better, Kurosawa's seven samurai or this. It's such an epic production with lavish costumes and big battles. Not to mention the story is awesome. Yagyu is such a fine character, twisted but a true strategist. The only flaw are the techniques in battle but understandable due to production constraints of that era. But men, love how those skill and techniques are put into duels, like it's an anime. Had a better time than this than Capt. America's Civil War. LOL. Yeah, this is the real civil war baby. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/13/23 Full Review Audience Member This is a really great samurai epic. I love how it's based on historical events but doesn't let that hold it back from telling the best and most satisfying story it can. Acting, costumes, story are all really great. Highly Recommend. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member Slow but worth it for the good parts. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/13/23 Full Review Audience Member Kinji Fukkasaku and Sonny Chiba can do no wrong by me. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/16/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis In 17th-century Japan, the ruling Tokugawa shogun is dead, and one of his children must now inherit the throne. Though this honor should go to the troubled eldest son, Iemitsu (Matsukata Hiroki), most of the nobility seems to favor his younger brother, Tadanaga (Teruhiko Saigô). This leads to an intense rivalry between the siblings that only intensifies when it is learned that Iemitsu's cohort, the brilliant swordsman Yagyu Jubei (Sonny Chiba), was responsible for the shogun's death.
Director
Kinji Fukasaku
Production Co
Toei
Genre
Action
Original Language
Japanese
Runtime
2h 10m