Samurai Rebellion

Samurai Rebellion

4.7 4
Director: Masaki Kobayashi

Cast: Masaki Kobayashi, Toshiro Mifune, Go Kato, Tatsuya Nakadai

     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

A father and son prepare to die for their beliefs in this historical drama set in 18th century Japan. While Isaburo Sasahara (Toshiro Mifune) has been loyal to Japan's feudal system all his life, his beliefs begin to change when the local rulers demand that his son Yogoro (Go Kato) give up his bride, who has bore a child that will comeSee more details below

  • Checkmark Criterion Collection  Shop Now

Overview

A father and son prepare to die for their beliefs in this historical drama set in 18th century Japan. While Isaburo Sasahara (Toshiro Mifune) has been loyal to Japan's feudal system all his life, his beliefs begin to change when the local rulers demand that his son Yogoro (Go Kato) give up his bride, who has bore a child that will come to power upon the death of the current ruler. Yogoro dearly loves his wife, and Isaburo respects his daughter-in-law and does not want to be separated from his grandson. When Yogoro refuses to part with his wife and child, he and Isaburo are ordered to kill themselves. They refuse and instead challenge the forces of the feudal leaders to a fight to the death. Director Masaki Kobayashi's work on this film earned him the FIPRESCI Award at the 1967 Venice Film Festival.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Costello
Like his earlier masterpiece Hara-Kiri (1963), Kobayashi's film is a savage attack on the inhumanity of the absolute obedience required of samurai in the feudal society of Japan, and is executed with the same severity and formal rigor. Within the framework of the director's polemic on injustice is the moving story of Isaburo (Toshiro Mifune), a loyal subject of his lord whose many years of marital misery have made him despise that institution. When he finally sees the blissful union of his son and the lord's former concubine, it changes his life, and he comes to believe that no one, not even his lord, should have the power to dissolve it. Unlike the classic chambara structure of many samurai films, all traces of confrontation are muted for most of its duration, and violence is suppressed until it explodes in extremis after father and son refuse to turn over his wife Ichi (Yoko Tsukasa). As befits a director who spent years hand-painting the sets for Kwaidan (1964), his beautifully balanced compositions reflect his obsessive perfectionism, and like Toru Takemitsu's score for traditional Japanese instruments, they further enhance the film's gravitas.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/2005
UPC:
0037429210024
Original Release:
1967
Rating:
NR
Source:
Criterion
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W, Wide Screen]
Time:
2:01:00
Sales rank:
4,969

Special Features

New, restored high-definition digital transfer; Excerpt from a 1993 interview with director Masaki Kobayashi; Original theatrical trailer; New and improved English subtitle translation; Plus: a new essay by Japanese-film historian Donald Richie

Cast & Crew

Read More

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Samurai Rebellion
1. Opening Credits [5:32]
2. Duty, Honor, Family [6:28]
3. Isaburo Pushes Back [4:51]
4. Lady Ichi [4:19]
5. Retirement [5:06]
6. Ichi's Tale [9:18]
7. Lord Kikuchiyo's Wish [4:50]
8. For Tomi [3:35]
9. Isaburo Supports Yogoro [4:43]
10. The Sasahara Family Gathers [7:58]
11. Betrayal [4:11]
12. Ichi Must Choose [2:02]
13. Surrogate [1:42]
14. The Counsel of a Friend [2:34]
15. "The Cruelest Form of Tyranny" [6:22]
16. Three Heads [4:06]
17. Tatewaki's Assignment [3:26]
18. Father to Son [4:19]
19. New Orders [10:33]
20. Isaburo Strikes [5:53]
21. Buried Lovers [2:59]
22. The Road to Edo [9:41]
23. "Marry a Man Just Like Your Father" [6:31]
24. Color Bars [:00]

Read More

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >