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Here is a very original samurai movie, which was clearly influenced by the wave of contest of traditional values in the early 60s in Japan.
It is a dismal, depressing viewpoint, but an understandable exploration in light of Japan's history and personal encounters with manipulative military leaders.
Gosha Hideo's brief drama is a solid film with good action, fine acting, and an interesting message that shows Japan struggling with its militaristic heritage.
This film is definitely not one of the strongest releases in the Criterion Collection, but it's a must-see for fans of Samurai films, because it's an anti-samurai movie, calling... Read morePublished 6 months ago by B. Adducchio
This finely crafted tale of a "ronin" roaming the countryside trying to find his fortune while running from those who would do him harm. Read morePublished 19 months ago by See Em Gee
Here is a very original samurai movie, which was clearly influenced by the wave of contest of traditional values in the early 60s in Japan. Read morePublished on June 14, 2012 by Darth Maciek
Made just about twenty years after the end of WWII, this samurai drama is a provocative cautionary tale about the way a code of honor based on fealty to military leaders can be... Read morePublished on September 1, 2007 by David Bonesteel
Hideo Gosha's film "Sword of the Beast," is an interesting film and a very worthwhile watch. The film centers around loyalty and the samurai who serve their clans with blind... Read morePublished on December 30, 2006 by Ernest Jagger