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Rating: 7 stars


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Seen on: 06/30/2018

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Samurai Saga (1959)

Directed by Hiroshi Inagaki

Action | Drama

Most recently watched by sleestakk


Edmund Rostand’s play Cyrano de Bergerac, transplanted to Japan. A poet-warrior with an oversized nose (matched only by his great heart) loves a lady. But she sees him only as a friend, so he helps another man to woo her by giving him the poetry of his own heart.

Length 111 minutes


Toshirō Mifune | Kichijirô Ueda | Setsuko Wakayama | Akira Takarada | Yoshifumi Tajima | Akihiko Hirata | Haruo Tanaka | Yôko Tsukasa | Seizaburô Kawazu | Kamatari Fujiwara | Keiko Awaji | Eiko Miyoshi | Sachio Sakai | Chieko Nakakita | Yutaka Sada | Hideyo Amamoto | Senkichi Ômura | Akira Tani | Shin Ôtomo | Ren Yamamoto | Akira Sera | Yasuhisa Tsutsumi | Mitsuo Tsuda | Fumindo Matsuo

Viewing Notes

Had this on my radar bc it’s not available on home video as far as I know… and it stars Akira Takarada and Toshiro Mifune! Mifune is the Cyrano de Bergerac character in the story so it’s rather humorous to see him as the large nosed poet with a certain way w/words. Takarada is the brash young samurai who cannot talk to women and fails repeatedly in making Princess Chiyo interested in him. Of course then the Cyrano de Bergerac story kicks in and she is utterly wooed by him until he and Mifune’s Komaki go off to war.

Wouldn’t consider this great cinema but it is certainly fun to see these guys doing a literary adaptation and exchanging lines. Also a great cast of Toho greats plus a score that I am positive is Akira Ifukube.


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