Detroit Film Theatre


Saturday, April 05, 2014

3:00 PM Detroit Film Theatre

(Japan/1965—directed by Kihachi Okamoto)
In the 1860s, the savage and merciless behavior of an outcast samurai named Ryunosuke Tsukue (the great Tatsuya Nakadai of Yojimbo and Ran) leaves him little choice other than to make his living as a paid assassin. His fearsome authority is challenged, however – and his life placed in jeopardy – when he makes an enemy of one Toranosuke Shimada (the incomparable Toshiro Mifune) – the only samurai who is his equal as a swordsman. This action-packed masterwork from director Kihachi Okamoto was rarely screened in the U.S. after its original release, possibly due to the two exceptionally visceral and jolting widescreen action sequences that punctuate the film, together with one of the most violent finales in modern motion picture history. In Japanese with English subtitles. (121 min.)
“The finest movie from a filmmaker who deserves to be more widely known in America.” –Bruce Eder, MSN Movies
“Nakadai is memorably psychotic as Tsukue… dynamic ‘Scope camerawork and an astonishing climax.” –Geoff Andrew, Time Out London