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Kill! (1968)

Kiru (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Comedy, Drama | 22 June 1968 (Japan)
Two ronin - an ex-samurai and an ex-farmer - get caught up in a local official's complex game of murder and betrayal.

Director:

Kihachi Okamoto

Writers:

Kihachi Okamoto (screenplay), Akira Murao (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tatsuya Nakadai ... Genta
Etsushi Takahashi Etsushi Takahashi ... Hanji (Hanjiro Tabata)
Yuriko Hoshi Yuriko Hoshi ... Chino Kajii
Tadao Nakamaru Tadao Nakamaru ... Magobei Shôda
Akira Kubo Akira Kubo ... Monnosuke Takei
Shigeru Kôyama Shigeru Kôyama ... Tamiya Ayuzawa
Eijirô Tôno ... Hyogo Moriuchi
Shin Kishida Shin Kishida ... Jurota Arao
Atsuo Nakamura Atsuo Nakamura ... Tetsutaro
Nami Tamura Nami Tamura ...
Hideyo Amamoto ... Gendayu Shimada
Yoshio Tsuchiya Yoshio Tsuchiya ... Shinroku Matsuo
Isao Hashimoto Isao Hashimoto ... Kônosuke Fujii
Akira Hamada Akira Hamada ... Denzô Nishimura
Takeo Chii ... Yaheiji Yoshida
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Two ronin - an ex-samurai and an ex-farmer - get caught up in a local official's complex game of murder and betrayal.

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Genres:

Action | Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

22 June 1968 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Kill! See more »

Filming Locations:

Joshu, Gunma, Japan

Company Credits

Production Co:

Toho Company See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Actor Yoshio Tsuchiya's character is his own actual ancestor, Matsuo Tsuchiya. See more »

Quotes

Tamiya Ayuzawa: A vagrant couldn't do all this.
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Connections

References Yojimbo (1961) See more »

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HILARIOUS!The "Scary Movie" of samurai films!
31 July 2001 | by AkuSokuZanSee all my reviews

Before watching Kiru "Kill!" see SEven SAmurai, Hidden Fortress, Sanjuro, Yojimbo and the awesome SWORD OF DOOM then you will catch all of the inside jokes and truly appreciate this masterful parody. The humor in this movie is conveyed elegantly. For example the director of "Kiru," Okamoto, who also directed Sword of Doom, included a stone Buddha atop of the hill overlooking the desolate town setting of the movie in reference to "Daibosatsu Toge" which means "Great Buddha Pass" (the Japanese title for Sword of Doom). Okay that wasn't the best example, but can you imagine henchmen screaming EXTRA loud when they are butchered? Or how about a grimy farmer turning away a cute girl he calls a "powdered monster!" Amidst the exaggerated dust storms, references to the value of rice, mountain treks and the trouble 7 "children" or samurai cause when planning a conspiracy is a trio of heroes: a farmer who yearns to be a samurai, the last henchmen of an annihilated gang, and a vagabond (rather than a dashing ronin) played by Tatsuya Nakadai. Yes, there are staring duels, flying daggers, great fight scenes with wooden swords but lastly a showdown that is NOT in the middle of a ghost town or rolling field but in a tiny room. This film is for the fans!!!


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