November 21, 2009

Samurai Vendetta by Kazuo Mori


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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