Rating: 7 stars
Seen 2 times
Seen on: 12/02/2019, 06/18/2018 (rewatch)
During the raging war between the Toyotomi and Tokugawa clans, the swordsman Mohei (whose family has been completely decimated) is recruited by Toyotomi to overcome the seat of power, Osaka Castle. Mohei’s daredevil skills will be put to severe tests.
Length 95 minutes
Toshirō Mifune | Takashi Shimura | Kichijirô Ueda | Tetsurō Tamba | Jun Tazaki | Akihiko Hirata | Susumu Fujita | Isuzu Yamada | Kyôko Kagawa | Yuriko Hoshi | Yoshiko Kuga | Seizaburô Kawazu | Tadao Nakamaru | Ikio Sawamura | Sachio Sakai | Chieko Nakakita | Yōsuke Natsuki | Osman Yusuf | Yoshio Kosugi | Hanshiro Iwai | Haruko Tôgô | Yû Fujiki | Hideyo Amamoto | Tadashi Okabe | Haruo Nakajima | Ryôsuke Kagawa | Senkichi Ômura | Akira Tani | Takuzô Kumagai | Shin Ôtomo | Ryû Kuze | Shigeki Ishida | Ren Yamamoto | Kôji Uno | Jun'ichirô Mukai | Yasuhisa Tsutsumi | Katsumi Tezuka | Toshiko Nakano | Hans Horneff | Shirô Tsuchiya | Seiji Ikeda | Yû Sekita | Danko Ichikawa | Koedako Kuroiwa | Bill Bassman
It’s Yuriko Hoshi week at DKUTV so every night is a double feature of her films celebrating what would’ve been her 76th birthday. Last year when she passed away they led with this movie, which I watched then. So DKU decided to lead with it again and I wanted to revisit bc I dug it even if Yuriko has a very small part. It’s really Toshiro Mifune’s film playing a character that is a spiritual brother to his Kikuchiyo from Seven Samurai.
Mohei the Demon (Mifune) is a country bumpkin w/fighting skills that returns to Osaka to get involved with the Toyotomi Clan war against Osaka Castle. He’s hot-tempered and rambunctious. He befriends a ninja and falls in love with the woman who saved him and sent him on a quest inside the castle. Pretty good hero journey.
As I’ve mentioned before, this is another Toho flick that needs a restoration and domestic release. Has a huge Toho cast, rousing Akira Ifukube score and Tsuburaya special effects. I’d love to own the score!