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Samurai Spy (Criterion Collection) (1965)

Cast: Koji Takahashi, Mutsuhiro Toura, Jun Hamamura, more...
Director: Masahiro Shinoda
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Studio: Criterion
Genre: Drama, Costume Drama/Period Piece, Japan, Samurai, Criterion Collection
Languages: Japanese
Subtitles: English
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Synopsis
Years of warfare end in a Japan unified under the Tokugawa shogunate, and samurai spy Sasuke Sarutobi, tired of conflict, longs for peace. When a high-ranking spy named Koriyama defects from the shogun to a rival clan, however, the world of the swordsmen is thrown into turmoil. After he is unwittingly drawn into the conflict, Sarutobi tracks Koriyama, while a mysterious, white-hooded figure seems to hunt them both. By tale's end, no one is who they seemed to be, and the truth is far more personal than anyone suspected. Director Masahiro Shinoda's Samurai Spy, filled with clan intrigue, ninja spies, and multiple double crosses, marks a bold stylistic departure from swordplay film convention.

Features:

  • Exclusive new video interview with director Masahiro Shinoda

GreenCine Member Reviews

ninja-haunted by cammelltoe January 22, 2006 - 11:16 PM PST
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the recent criterion box set of samurai movies is a cause for celebration for anyone who is curious to explore the chambara world outside the sanctioned Kurosawa klassics, which should be everybody, since these movies are really, really amazing--- easily as interesting and addictive as the classic fim noir or western genres (of which samurai flicks share an umbilical cord). that said, 'samurai spy' is probably my least favorite of the set, mostly because it left me uninterested emotionally in the many characters. However there is still a multitude of kinetic visual ideas being thrown on screen and--- fan boy time--- it's got frickin' ninjas in it. who make no sound when they attack. and hurl throwing stars with deadly accuracy.

ok, whatever, this film is worth your time. don't forget to check out 'samurai rebellion' as well.




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