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Shogun's Samurai [1978] [DVD]

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  • Actors: Sonny Chiba, Etsuko Shihomi, Yoshido Harada, Hiroki Matsukata, Toshirô Mifune
  • Directors: Kinji Fukasuki
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Eureka
  • DVD Release Date: 23 April 2007
  • Run Time: 130 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NY155W
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 69,750 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Sonny Chiba and Toshiro Mifune star in director Kinji Fukasaku's samurai drama. The year is 1624 and the death of Shogunate General Hidetada has resulted in a conflict between his two sons over who should inherit his position. Various samurai warriors soon join the conflict, taking up sides against each other; meanwhile, behind the scenes, mysterious forces seek to use these events to weaken the Shogunate and return power to the Emperor.

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With Shogun Samurai, veteran Japanese director Fukasaku Kinji demonstrated that he could do more than the gritty social realist cop-and-gangster films for which he remains most famous. A deliberately stately historical drama, with a slightly ponderous narrator introducing some of its most powerful scenes, Shogun Samurai shows the succession crisis that followed the death of the second Tokugawa Shogun in the early 17th-century. The Imperial court fans the flames in an attempt to restore the Emperor's power; a young dancer tries to preserve the young prince she loves; a warrior clan take steps to return to their homeland; and the fencing master Yagyu will expend honour and lives, including those of his own children, to ensure that his school is patronised by the new Shogun.

The film alternates powerful scenes of intrigue and stagy monomaniac rants by Yagyu with finely choreographed scenes of battle and duel; it has a powerful and tragic sense of the fragile sadness of things and the futility of all ambitions; Sonny Chiba is unusually impressive as Yagyu's most honourable son, the one-eyed Jubel.

On the DVD: Shogun Samurai on disc has minimal additional features: a short prose profile of Fukasaku Kinji and some promotional clips. Picture is anamorphic 16:9. --Roz Kaveney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Jan. 2003
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Everytime I watch this film I find something new. The beautiful sets, the stunning scenery and the excellent acting more than overcome any faults with credibility. It provided my first sighting of Sonny Chiba and he is magnificent. The final scenes in which he appears and extracts his revenge are wonderful. If you like samurai epics, 17thC Japan, intrigue and double crosses, try this.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Francisco Coutinho on 25 Dec. 2003
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This is an extremely good film. The personages did indeed exist. The Yagiu family , Tajima no Kami and his son Jubei . The second shogun and his two sons.The plot is extraordinary. The fights are fantastic. This is one of the best films of the genre
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Avenger on 29 May 2015
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Imperial Japan, 1624. The current Shogun General Hidetada has died under mysterious circumstances leaving the succession in doubt- his eldest son Lemetsu should succeed but he is disfigured and stammers. His younger brother, Tadanaga seems better suited for the role & had backing of his father, before his untimely death, as well as most of the powerful lords behind him. A war between the two brothers soon erupts both recruiting not only government officials but also anybody who is looking for one last fight under Tokugawa rule. Meanwhile the Emperor & his courtiers plot behind the scenes to exploit the chaos & return power & it soon becomes clear that in a winner takes all struggle for power there are no heroes & villains, only winners and losers.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By David McDonald on 27 Jan. 2011
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For a film that was made in the late 70s ,Shogun's Samurai which stars Sonny Chiba and Toshiro Mifune is quite gory with the usual spurts of blood and severed limbs that you usually associate with films of that genre ,it tells the tale of warring brothers in 1624 Imperial Japan who when their father dies under mysterious circumstances begin an all out war to see who will become the next Shogunate . Fans of this genre will not be disappointed .
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By cercia on 25 Mar. 2015
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Who is the Shogun's Samurai? Great DVD, sound etc. is fine - Hiroyuki Sanada fans might be slightly disappointed because he's not in it as much as you'd expect. But the film makes up for its shortcomings - the sheer length, a really good bio about Kinji Fukasaku, etc. and also, the exquisite quality of the acting down to the briefest moments.

Rewards repeated viewing. See also 'Twilight Samurai' and 'Shogun'. If only they would release 'Abe Ichizoku'!
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By barnowl on 21 Jan. 2015
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Great when there's nowt on TV.
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