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Gonza The Spearman [DVD]

Haruko Kato , Hideji Ôtaki , Masahiro Shinoda    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD

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Gonza, the greatest spearman in the land, is wrongly accused of having an affair with the lord's wife, and they have no other alternative but to flee the land. Pursued by the lord's forces, true love begins to blossom between them.

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5.0 out of 5 stars This is what I would call an elegant picture 29 Aug 2000
By Kosmos - Published on Amazon.com
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The first half of the movie has a slow pace and is contemplative, which provides time for reflection and allows the viewer to be prepared for the main story. In a way, it helps by contrast the development of the scenes that follow, and also helps to build the main story until it culminates in the surprising, emotional, and elegant, finale. I should not say anything more about the story. The acting is superb. The three leads are excellent: The Samurai, his wife(Shima Iwashita), and the Spearman(Hiromi Go).
Ms. Iwashita ("An Autumn Afternoon", "Harakiri", "Double Suicide") is the perfect japanese wife of a Samurai. She has poise and class, and she is very delicate in the manner she speaks and conducts herself. Her inner beauty is so overpowering that would soften the heart of any man.
This is a singular movie unto itself, unlike other movies of the genre, it is very unique, and has a story that is intricate but simple at the same time. After watching it, one is left reflecting on the effects of the prevailing value system of our society and how it interacts with our own convictions and beliefs. And one comes to the realization that the same analysis can be applied to each period of history, worldwide.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and tragic 18 Jun 2000
By Cynthia L. Mclendon - Published on Amazon.com
This exquisite movie gives a moving glimpse into another culture. The importance of the tea ceremony in 18th century Japan is very alien to modern viewers, but the deep-felt emotions of the characters are not. The acting, cinematography, and story are all splendid.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gonza the Spearman 20 July 2001
By Richard E. Turner - Published on Amazon.com
This is a classic Samurai Film, depicting the highs and lows of Samurai life that delight and confuse us in this modern world. This is one of my all time favorites and is a must for any serious Samurai Film collector. 5 Stars.
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