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Samurai Spy

Masahiro Shinoda

 
Samurai Spy (Criterion DVD)

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  • Japan
  • 1965
  • 100 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 2.35:1
  • Japanese
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  • Spine #312

Years of warfare end in a Japan unified under the Tokugawa shogunate, and samurai spy Sasuke Sarutobi, tired of conflict, longs for peace. When a high-ranking spy named Tatewaki Koriyama defects from the shogun to a rival clan, however, the world of swordsmen is thrown into turmoil. After Sasuke is unwittingly drawn into the conflict, he tracks Tatewaki, while a mysterious, white-hooded figure seems to hunt them both. By tale’s end, no one is who they seemed to be, and the truth is far more personal than anyone suspected. Director Masahiro Shinoda’s Samurai Spy, filled with clan intrigue, ninja spies, and multiple double crosses, marks a bold stylistic departure from swordplay film convention.

Cast

Sasuke Sarutobi, spyKoji Takahashi
Saizo Kirigakure, spyShintaro Ishihara
Shigeyuki Koremura, leader of spiesEitaro Ozawa
Takanosuke Nojiri, lieutenantKei Sato
Mitsuaki Inamura, spyMutsuhiro Toura
Sakon Takatani, lieutenantTetsuro Tanba
Tatewaki Koriyama, lieutenantEiji Okada
Jinnai–Kazutaka Horikawa, clan ministerSeiji Miyaguchi
Genba Kuni, magistrateMinoru Hodaka
Okiwa, dancer and spyMisako Watanabe
Yashiro Kobayashi, Christian samuraiYasunori Irikawa
Omiyo, orphan in Joshinji TempleJitsuko Yoshimura
Joshinji Temple priestJun Hamamura

Credits

DirectorMasahiro Shinoda
ScreenplayYoshiyuki Fukuda
Based on the novel byKoji Nakada
CinematographyMasao Kosugi
Art directionJunichi Osumi
MusicToru Takemitsu

Disc Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • Exclusive new video 16-minute interview with director Masahiro Shinoda
  • Gallery of key characters in the film
  • New essay by film scholar Alain Silver
  • New and improved English subtitle translation

    New cover by Eric Skillman

Film Essays

Samurai Spy: The Thin Line Between Truth and Lies

By Alain SilverOctober 24, 2005

In the 1950s, the samurai film evolved definitively from the early narrative and visual . . . Read more »

Film Essays

Samurai Spy: The Thin Line Between Truth and Lies

By Alain SilverOctober 24, 2005

In the 1950s, the samurai film evolved definitively from the early narrative and visual . . . Read more »