Archive Cinema City 2008.

Jôi-uchi: Hairyô tsuma shimatsu

Samurai Rebellion

Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Year: 1967.
Duration: 128 min

Director: Masaki Kobayashi
Scenario: Shinobu Hashimoto, Yasuhiko Takiguchi (novel)

Cast: Toshirô Mifune, Tatsuya Nakadai, Tatsuo Matsumura, Takeshi Kato, Yôko Tsukasa

Programme selection: Peđa's Film Collection

Set in 18th-century Japan, during the reign of the Tokugawa Shogunate, Samurai Rebellion stars Toshirô Mifune as Isaburo Sasahara, swordsman and official at the court of Lord Matsudaira (Tatsuo Matsumura). Ichi (Yôko Tsukasa), a mistress of the lord, has been banished for striking her master for taking a new mistress. Matsudaira orders Isaburo's son, Yogoro (Takeshi Kato), to marry her, since she is still the mother of one of his offspring. Isaburo, deeply unhappy in his own marriage, accepts the order only with great reluctance. However Ichi proves to be a wonderful wife, and the marriage is a happy one. All is well for a couple of years, until Matsudaira's son dies, and he orders Ichi to return to the castle, since he has no offspring other than the daughter she has borne him. Isaburo urges the young couple to resist the lord's fiat, and he and Yogoro openly refuse Matsudaira's command that they commit harakiri. Mifune is tremendous as the proud Isaburo in Kobayashi's exposure of the innate injustice of Japan's feudal society. The film's severe, formal beauty is complemented by Takemitsu's score, which draws on the colorful sounds of traditional Japanese instruments.

Sutherland Trophy, 1967 Berlin International Film Festival
Best Director, Best Film, Best Screenplay, 1968 Kinema Junpo Awards
Best Film, 1968 Mainichi Film Concours
FIPRESCI Prize, 1967 Venice Film Festival

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