Samurai Vendetta (Hakuoki)
1959, 109 min., 16mm, color, in Japanese with English subtitles.
Directed by Kazuo Mori.
With Raizo Ichikawa, Shintaro Katsu, Chitose Maki.
A unique take on the 47 Ronin story, this epic film propelled Shintaro Katsu to superstardom alongside then-reigning Raizo Ichikawa. Betrayal, dishonor and death imbue this tragic tale of two swordsmen whose clans are embroiled in a blood feud and who vie for the same woman. The film is also known as A Chronicle of Pale Cherry Blossoms.
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