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A samurai rebels against his master when the master demands back his mistress, who has become the samurai's beloved daughter in law.
Genre: Feature Film-Action/Adventure
Release Date: 25-OCT-2005
Media Type: DVD
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In Samurai Rebellion, the main character Isaburo (played by Toshiro Mifune) must decide whether to challenge his overlord's decision to take back a former mistress who had become Isaburo's daughter-in-law. The title of the movie should give you a clue to Isaburo's decision. The big sword fight in this film is worth watching, simply because of the rage boiling inside Isaburo. This is swordplay that actually has passion, as opposed to the run-of-the-mill fighting you often see in lesser movies.
The film's director Masaki Kobayashi always made thoughtful dramas that often examined injustice in society. Those who like this movie should also check out two of his other masterpieces, Harakiri and The Human Condition (a nine-hour trilogy).
Kobayashi uses the metaphor of the samurai to portray the plight of an honorable man who has been asked too much of his government. Much as the director's of the French New Wave used film to serve as a barometer of the 60's social climate, we can also see this element at play in the work of Japanese auteurs.
In SAMURAI REBELLION, a young samurai is forced by his daimyo to marry a difficult mistress who had dared to manhandle him. Lady Ichi surprisingly turns out to be a jewel, and Yogoro, her new husband, grows to love her. When the daimyo changes his mind and has her kidnapped after several unsuccessful attempts to bully the family, Yogoro and his father Itaburo (Toshiro Mifune) singlehandedly take on the whole clan.
Before you know it, the blades are out of their sheathes, and bodies are falling all over the place. Particularly spectacular is a duel between Itaburo and his friend Tatewaki (played by the great Tatsuya Nakadai) in a windswept field of grass. Director Masaki Kobayashi (KWAIDAN, HARAKIRI) is at his best here; and numerous scenes are icily controlled and eerily beautiful as he guides his camera, breaking down sequences into abstract geometrical patterns.
I can't help remembering the song in the musical BANDWAGON which summarizes HAMLET as "The king and the prince meet / And everyone ends up mincemeat." As in HARAKIRI, there is a point to the mayhem here: The honor of a single family CAN outweigh the honor of the clan.
Toshiro Mifune plays a retainer, Sasahara, to a certain lord who divorces his very headstrong wife, Ichi. This wife, Ichi, eventually is given to Sasahara's son resulting in a happy marriage. However the lord asks, no demands, that Ichi be returned to him despite the fact that she is happily married. Sasahara and his son become enraged and refuse to comply with the order given by their lord. The consequences are dreadfully intense!
The sword fights at the end are awesome especially the duel between Sasahara and Tatewaki, Tatsuya Nakadai. Again, although not as moving as Hara Kiri, this is definitely worth seeing.
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One of the best samurai movies ever made. This film shows a darker side of the Japanese films. Tells of a time when a warrior is asked if he should follow the orders of his... Read morePublished on Jan. 7 2004
A classic heroic tragedy. Mifune's character is a samurai who has devoted his life to service and the samurai code. Read morePublished on Jan. 9 2002
Another great Mifune Toshiro movie and another great film by Kobayashi. Beautifully filmed with some incredible Mifune sword work as a climax. Read morePublished on Dec 4 2001 by Mark Judge
This is a story founded on historical facts, and the film was based on it.
As I am one of descendants, it is impossible to write a objective review. Read more
If you want to watch this film with others, the trick here is to get past the title and the subtitles. Read morePublished on Nov. 25 2000 by John S. O'Connor
It's a great movie. If Kwaidan is Masaki Kobayashi's legacy of colour, Samurai Rebellion is it's final word in black & white. Read morePublished on June 21 2000 by Joaquim Coelho
Extremely moving film about a samurai family that defies the will of a lord, and in so doing questions the moral and social order in feudal Japan. Read morePublished on Dec 18 1999 by PAUL DAMATO
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