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Great Killing


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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Animeigo
  • DVD Release Date: July 3, 2012
  • Run Time: 118 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007XF0XXE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,634 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The Great Killing (aka The Great Duel) A Shogunate Elder plots to rule Japan by making his puppet, the Shogun's brother Tsunashige, the next Shogun. The best strategist in Japan, Yamaga, leads a plot to stop the Elder, but his cabal is betrayed and most of the conspirators are captured and tortured. Now Yamaga and his few remaining swordsmen must battle through hundreds of guards in order to kill Tsunashige. He will need all of his wits to devise a strategy that provides even a glimmer of hope!

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joseph on August 5, 2012
If like me, you enjoyed the brilliant and original "13 Assassins" (1963) you will enjoy this similar sequel in Kudo Eiichi's "Samurai Revolution Trilogy". Like 13 Assassins, The Great Killing is slow yet remains gripping until it explodes into a violent frenzy. The film follows a planned assassination attempt on a corrupt official and build up towards it, the story is character-driven and and is slow but it builds up nicely and exposes the viciousness of those in charge as they torture the conspirators but our patience is awarded in a action fuelled climax. I have to totally disagree with the other reviewer if you can't take slow-burning Samurai films that don't watch this, but if you like interesting stories that build up the tension until it finally explodes watch this you won't be disappointed, Great transfer from Animego I look forward to them releasing the final in the trilogy, "11 Assassins." What shows in all of Kudo Eiichi's trilogy is his hate for the Feudal Lords who he exposes a vicious and cruel. Although 13 Assassins is the best in the series The Great Killing is very good sequel that requires patience yet enjoyable experience.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Malo Bo on May 21, 2014
The second film in Eiichi Kudo's Samurai Trilogy (1963 - 1966) is fittingly among the minor gems of 1960s samurai films. The follow-up to the excellent "13 Assassins" is one of the more challenging and rewarding works of its time, alongside Tadashi Imai's two films, the 1963 Golden Bear award-winning "Bushido: The Cruel Code of the Samurai" and 1964's lesser known "Revenge." I agree with the other reviewer, this is basically a must-watch film for fans of the Samurai genre. It's not Kurosawa, but it is impressive and worthy of recommendation.
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A classic brutal Samurai film. Harsh story of revenge and a trail of slaughter as all involved try desperately to end their enemies lives. By the end will really have you thinking. Good character development and personal drama right up there with 12 angry men. Many tough choices are faced and the revenge certainly gets out of hand. Excellent ending. Will not disappoint.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By F. Salazar on July 29, 2012
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I am a fan of jidai-geki and chambarra. Availability of new movies of this type in the West is rare -- there is the occasional gem like "13 Assassins" of 2010, but its not often something new comes up you want to add to your collection. With this in mind I had high hopes for "the Great Killing". The director, Eiichi Kudo, directed the *original* 13 Assassins, and because of vaguely positive review on IMDB, where it is described as "breathtakingly austere and grueling". I expected a film that was grueling for the characters, not for the viewers. The start of the film, where the corruption of the "Great Elder" is first established is interesting. The 90 minutes that follow are impenetrable and painfully slow. There are well-done scenes here and there, as when one of the anti-corruption conspirators, knowing he faces certain death the next day in the attack on the bad guys, kills his wife and children to spare them a more grisly death at the hands of the enemy. Still, the movie plods along. Then after all that the final battle is frankly not very satisfying. There is none of the skill or dramatic technique you see in the best films. The director seems to have gone for a "realistic" style where the battle is very confused and consists of exhausted people flailing their swords desperately. Staging half the battle in a chest-deep river doesn't help.

To sum up, I can't really recommend this film. If you are a jidai-geki completist, you may want to get it. But for entertainment, any of Mifune's post-Kurosawa moves, like Red Lion or Samurai Assassin are much better.
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