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Yukinojo Henge / An Actor’s Revenge (1959) Masahiro Makino, Hashizo Okawa, Chikage Awashima, Keiko Okawa, Drama

An Actor's Revenge (1959)
Nakamura Yukinojo gains popularity in Edo’s kabuki scene as a handsome onnagata (a male actor who plays female roles). But hidden behind the placid expression of his stage face is a deep grudge for the men responsible for dishonoring his parents’ names and leading them to suicide when he was still a child. When he discovers that the mastermind behind those crimes has come to see him act onstage, he begins in earnest to plot his revenge. With the help of a renowned Robin Hood-like thief named Yamitaro, he makes out his first target: the daughter of the man who orchestrated his parents’ demise.

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Daibosatsu toge: Ryujin no maki / Satan’s Sword 2: The Dragon God (1960) Kenji Misumi, Raizô Ichikawa, Kôjirô Hongô, Tamao Nakamura, Drama, Action

Satan's Sword 2 The Dragon God (1960)
The Dai-bosatsu toge trilogy is based on Kaizan Nakazatos unfinished long series of novels (41 books, written from 1913 to 1941). Set in the last period of the Tokugawa Shogunate, Daibosatsu Toge tells the story of Tsuke Ryunosuke, a nihilistic swordmaster who doesnt hesitate to kill anyone, bad or good. Despite the authors explicit refusal, the series were later made into plays and movies several times.

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Daibosatsu tôge / Satan’s Sword (1960) Kenji Misumi, Raizô Ichikawa, Kôjirô Hongô, Tamao Nakamura, Action

Satan's Sword (1960)
The Dai-bosatsu toge trilogy is based on Kaizan Nakazatos unfinished long series of novels (41 books, written from 1913 to 1941). Set in the last period of the Tokugawa Shogunate, Daibosatsu Toge tells the story of Tsuke Ryunosuke, a nihilistic swordmaster who doesnt hesitate to kill anyone, bad or good. Despite the authors explicit refusal, the series were later made into plays and movies several times.

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Fuunji Oda Nobunaga / The Lucky Adventurer Oda Nobunaga (1959) Toshikazu Kôno, Katsuo Nakamura, Kinnosuke Nakamura, Eitarô Shindô, Drama, History

Fuunji Oda Nobunaga AKA The Lucky Adventurer Oda Nobunaga (1959)
Oda Nobunaga (1534–1582) was a major daimyo during the Warring State period of Japanese history. He was the second son of Oda Nobuhide, a deputy military governor with land holdings in Owari province. Nobunaga lived a life of continuous military conquest, eventually conquering a third of Japanese daimyo before his death in 1582. Telling the story of his rise to prominence as he leads an army of 4,000 men against the 40,000 troops of Lord Imagawa Yoshimoto to prevent the arrogant daimyo from crushing the Oda clan and taking control of the entire nation. From a newly restored anamorpic widescreen print, this is the ultimate warlord movie.

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Tôkyô nagaremono / Tokyo Drifter (1966) Seijun Suzuki, Tetsuya Watari, Chieko Matsubara, Tamio Kawachi, Action, Crime, Drama

Tokyo Drifter (1966)
Tokyo Drifter stands with Branded to Kill as one of the best-known and most acclaimed films of Seijun Suzuki, one of Japan’s most talented maverick directors. A colorful riot of an action drama, Tokyo Drifter, like many of Suzuki’s films, transforms a standard gangster film plot into a vehicle for his own loopy brand of filmmaking, featuring gorgeous cinematography, unconventional storytelling techniques, and a dark sense of humor. This particular example centers on Tetsu, a yakuza member who, when his gang is disbanded, remains loyal to his boss and attempts to go straight. This is no easy task, however, as the yakuza are determined to get him back into the life – or kill him if he refuses. The pressure soon forces Tetsu to go on the road, becoming the “Tokyo drifter” of the title, but even this is not enough to prevent his past from violently catching up with him. The film’s choreographed action and vibrant color palette make the frequent action sequences, including one of the most raucous barroom brawls ever put on film, seem almost like musical numbers, resulting in a spectacularly entertaining and truly original take on the gangster drama.

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