Samurai Rebellion

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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 ...
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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.
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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
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/2005
  • UPC: 037429210024
  • Original Release: 1967
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  • Source: Criterion
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled / B&W
  • Time: 2:01:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 25,445

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Toshiro Mifune Isaburo Sasahara
Go Kato
Tatsuya Nakadai Tatewaki Asano
Yoko Tsukasa Ichi
Tatsuyoshi Ebara Bunzo
Tatsuo Matsumara Lord Matsudaira
Shigeru Koyama Steward Takahashi
Etsuko Ichihara
Takeshi Kato Yogoro
Masao Mishima Chamberlain Yanase
Isao Yamagata Kotani
Technical Credits
Masaki Kobayashi Director
Shinobu Hashimoto Screenwriter
Yoshiro Muraki Art Director
Toru Takemitsu Score Composer
Tomoyuki Tanaka Producer
Kazuo Yamada Cinematographer
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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]
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I haven't bought the DVD, but...

    ...I did see it on IFC (they play samurai movies every saturday). This film is simply fantastic. First off, you should be warned that this is a relatively long movie. But don't let that discourage you, Samurai Rebellion is a wonderful historical drama. The characters truly stand out, and the movie is... well, basically, it's awesome and you have to see it.

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