Destiny’s Son (Kiru)
1962, 71 min., 16 mm, color, in Japanese with English subtitles.
Directed by Kenji Misumi
With Raizo Ichikawa, Eijiro Yanagi, Yoshio Inaba, Masayo Banri.
In director Kenji Misumi’s breakthrough film, Ichikawa seeks revenge and redemption after his family is murdered by a rival clan. An astonishing, dreamlike samurai film written by Kaneto Shindo, Destiny’s Son is a demonic masterpiece--designed with quasi-expressionist artistry, awash with surreal landscapes, and subsumed in an otherworldly beauty that fuses Zen and sword.
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