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Criterion Collection: Samurai Rebellion [DVD] [1967] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Toshirô Mifune , Yôko Tsukasa , Masaki Kobayashi    DVD
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  • Actors: Toshirô Mifune, Yôko Tsukasa, Gô Katô, Tatsuyoshi Ehara, Etsuko Ichihara
  • Directors: Masaki Kobayashi
  • Writers: Shinobu Hashimoto, Yasuhiko Takiguchi
  • Producers: Toshirô Mifune, Tomoyuki Tanaka
  • Format: Black & White, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Criterion
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Oct 2005
  • Run Time: 128 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000AQKUD6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 78,955 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
"Samurai Rebellion" ("Jôi-uchi: Hairyô tsuma shimatsu") offers the most familiar face in samurai films, Toshirô Mifune, as a grandfather who is pushed to act against the wishes of his lord all in the name of love. That should be enough to get you interested in Masaki Kobayashi's 1967 film, which is set in 1725 during a peaceful period for the Tokugawa Shogunate. The daimyo Lord Masakata Matsudaira (Tatsuo Matsumura) has ordered his concubine, the Lady Ichi (Yôko Tsukasa), exiled from his castle. Having just born Matsudaira a son, the Lady Ichi has slapped her lord around when she returned from a spa and found another woman in her place. The mother of one of the lord's sons cannot be disposed of, so Matsudaira's superintendent arranged for her to be married to Yogoro Sasahara (Go Katô), the eldest son of the loyal Isaburo Sasahara (Mifune).
Isaburo's shrewish wife, Suga (Michiko Otsuka), complains that the family can not be dishonored by taking the shamed woman into their house and the henpecked Isaburo tried to decline. However, this proves impossible and Yogoro and Ichi are married. Although the marriage is arranged, the two fall in love, and have a daughter, Tomi. Content that his son has a happy marriage, when he has never seen a shred of love in his own, Isaburo retires and makes Yogoro head of the Sasahara clan. The old man seems content to play with his granddaughter. But then Matsudaira's oldest son dies, making Ichi's son the heir, and he demands she return to the castle. Yogoro refuses to let his wife go and his father backs him in his decision, while the rest of the family insists Ichi be sent packing. This sets up a deadly chess game between the two clans.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Samurai Classic 16 July 2003
This movie got International Film Critics Award in Venice and deserved it.It gives a good example of a combination of actions and a thought-provoking screenplay.The story starts in the late medieval Japan when big battles are over and a samurai who wants to make a family fortune has to keep his lord's favour and serve the lord's caprice.Where's the line between loyalty and human dignity?Isaburo,a master of the sword and a henpecked husband(played brilliantly by the aging Toshiro Mifune,a new peak in his career)risks everything in order to see his son love-match because he never had it.The emotional line is very strong thoughout the movie and makes it better and better when the characters have to face a criticak situation.Love,hate humiliation,pride and self-sacrifice make this movie enjoyable.All the characzers are portrayed carefully in the elaborated plot that requires full attention of the audience to the details in the story.Don't worry,this movie isn't just for highbrows,but you must listen not to skip over important words and gestures.It isn't an action film,the plot is a slow but strong river that carries you untill the bloody and bitter climax where good looses to evil but the spectator doesn't,because he had a good fun.So,sit down,relax and enjoy Masaki Kobayashi's masterwork.I did it many times since I bought "Samurai Rebellion".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as Shakespeare 5 Sep 2006
By Peter G
While modest in style, the subject becomes heroic and tragic, with excellent performances from the main characters. There is a gripping portrayal of feudal life and family pressures, and deceitful behaviour that backfires. Great stuff!
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5.0 out of 5 stars dont mess with mr mifune 19 April 2014
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this is the best film kurosawa did not make,but should have. great plot and characters. masaki kobayashi,s films are next on my wish list.
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By Darth Maciek TOP 500 REVIEWER
Five years after his devastatingly splendid "Harakiri" Masaki Kobayashi turned another cruel and beautiful samurai tragedy. "Samurai rebellion" is a very powerful film, which I watched already three times in my life and I always discovered some new treasures in it. Below some more impressions, with limited SPOILERS.

Somewhere in XVIII century, in the domain of Aisu, lives a samurai named Isaburo Sasahara (Toskiro Mifune), a renowned swordsman and a loyal retainer of the local daimyo. Although not rich and even if his marriage was a long and painful failure, Isaburo considers himself quite happy, proud as he is of his two sons and enjoying the friendship of another local samurai, Tatewaki Asano (Tatsuya Nakadai). But then one day the steward of the daimyo gives Isaburo a very special order, concerning a disgraced concubine. Lady Ichi was for a time daimyo's favorite and even gave him a son, but after showing jalousy she was chased away - now Isaburo's older son, Yogoro, is to marry her and take care also of her child... And then the film really begins.

"Samurai rebellion" is a great film, showing a great tragedy caused by senseless injustice. It is as heartbreaking as "Romeo and Juliette" and only marginally less tragic than "Harakiri" (so if you feel a little down, postpone the watching of this film). It also allows two of greatest Japanese actors ever, Toshiro Mifune and Tatsuya Nakadai, to appear on the screen side by side - and this is definitely something you do not see everyday! At 128 minutes it is a long film, but you will not feel time passing. There are some good swordfights towards the end, but it is absolutely not the most essential thing.

In fact, exactly as "Harakiri", this film is first and above all about love.
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