The lord of the Oshi fief is killed by his trespassing neighbour, the cruel and despotic Nariatsu, son of the former Shogun. After an investigation, the Oshi clan is blamed for what happened and sentenced to be disbanded. Eleven of the best samurai of the clan refuse the sentence and are willing to give their life for justice.
Tag Archives: 1960s
Fantasmi a Roma / Ghosts of Rome (1961) Antonio Pietrangeli, Marcello Mastroianni, Belinda Lee, Sandra Milo, Comedy, Fantasy
In this seldom seen Italian fantasy classic, Marcello Mastroianni plays duel roles: First, as the young inheritor of his ancestral estate and second as the ghost of the young man’s recently dead uncle…
The Double Man (1967) Franklin J. Schaffner, Yul Brynner, Britt Ekland, Clive Revill, Mystery, Thriller
Following the death of his son, in a skiing accident in the Austrian Alps, the cold and emotion-less Dan Slater travels to Austria for the funeral. In the face of official indifference he decides to investigate and little by little strange inconsistencies start to appear leading Dan to conclude that the death of his son was no accident. A retired, former undercover operative, Frank Wheatley, whom he had hoped would watch out for his son proves useless as Dan seeks out the murderer’s. Eventually, Dan finds Gina, the companion of wealthy socialite Mrs. Carrington, who puts him on the correct trail little realizing that he is falling into a cunning, cleverly thought out trap laid by Berthold. Berthold hopes to kidnap Slater and substitute him with an exact double in order to obtain a mole in the highest echelons of the CIA. Will he succeed or will Frank and Gina realize something is amiss and rescue Slater?
Naked Among Wolves / Nackt unter Wölfen (1963) Frank Beyer, Erwin Geschonneck, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Krystyn Wójcik, Drama, War
As rumors reach them that the Allied armies are advancing on their concentration camp at Buchenwald, Polish prisoners renew their feeble hope for survival and freedom. When a group of prisoners is transferred from Auschwitz, a four-year-old child is smuggled into the camp in a valise. Born at Auschwitz, he is Jewish and will be killed if discovered. A group of prisoners decide to protect the child from the searching Germans, and although the kapos cannot smuggle the boy out of Buchenwald, they manage to hide him–moving from one place to another within the camp as the Nazis comb it. Threats and torture by SS men fail to turn up the boy who becomes a symbol of the struggle between captives and captors.
Zloto / Gold Dreams (1962) Wojciech Has, Wladyslaw Kowalski, Krzysztof Chamiec, Barbara Krafftówna, Drama
Wspólny pokój / One Room Tenants (1960) Wojciech Has, Halina Buyno-Loza, Boguslaw Danielewski, Krystyna Feldman, Drama
The lives of several one room tenants in Warsaw’s Old Town. All the young roommates – a poet, a student, a writer, a left-wing activist – have to face difficulties in finding a place for themselves in early 1930s reality.
Will Penny, an aging cowpoke, takes a job on a ranch which requires him to ride the line of the property looking for trespassers or, worse, squatters. He finds that his cabin in the high mountains has been appropriated by a woman whose guide to Oregon has deserted her and her son. Too ashamed to kick mother and child out just as the bitter winter of the mountains sets in, he agrees to share the cabin until the spring thaw. But it isn’t just the snow that slowly thaws; the lonely man and woman soon forget their mutual hostility and start developing a deep love for one another.
The Vengeance of Fu Manchu (1967) Jeremy Summers, Christopher Lee, Tony Ferrer, Tsai Chin, Action, Crime, Drama
In his remote Asian hideaway the evil Fu Manchu plots the death and discredit of his arch rival, Inspector Nayland Smith of Scotland Yard, as the first step in his plan to become leader of the world’s most terrible criminals.
A young girl is killed at the beach in Malibu. Professor Otto Lindsay suspects that it is some form of mutated fish. However, his son Richard, who was a good friend of the girl, thinks that it is a madman who has a grudge against Richard and his friends. Soon the list of victims grows to include one of Rich’s surfing buddies, Rich’s bitchy stepmother Vicky and his friend Mark who was crippled in an auto accident.
Texas Across the River (1966) Michael Gordon, Dean Martin, Alain Delon, Rosemary Forsyth, Comedy, Western
The Louisiana wedding of debutante Phoebe Ann Naylor to Don Andrea de Baldasar, El Duce de la Casala is stopped by the Cavalry over a matter of honor. Don Andrea flees across the river to Texas, where he meets up with Sam Hollis and his Indian sidekick, Kronk, who are carrying rifles to the town of Moccasin Flats. Don Andrea rescues an Indian maiden, Lonetta, tames some longhorns, competes with Sam for Phoebe’s affections, eludes a Comanche war party and the cavalry (who have come to Moccasin Flats to celebrate Texas’ statehood) and ultimately saves the town and gets his girl.