Kill! Kill!

Kill!

Kihachi Okamoto

 
Kill! (Criterion DVD)

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  • Japan
  • 1968
  • 114 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 2.35:1
  • Japanese
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  • Spine #313

In this pitch-black action comedy by Kihachi Okamoto, a pair of down-on-their-luck swordsmen arrive in a dusty, windblown town, where they become involved in a local clan dispute. One, previously a farmer, longs to become a noble samurai. The other, a former samurai haunted by his past, prefers living anonymously with gangsters. But when both men discover the wrongdoings of the nefarious clan leader, they side with a band of rebels who are under siege at a remote mountain cabin. Based on the same source novel as Akira Kurosawa’s Sanjuro, Kill! playfully tweaks samurai film convention, borrowing elements from established chanbara classics and seasoning them with a little Italian western.

Cast

GentaTatsuya Nakadai
Hanjiro TabataEtsushi Takahashi
Tetsutaro OikawaAtsuo Nakamura
Magobei ShodaTadao Nakamaru
Shinroku MatsuoYoshio Tsuchiya
Tamiya AyuzawaShigeru Koyama
Hyogo MoriuchiEijiro Tono
Jurota AraoShin Kishida
Gendayu ShimadaHideyo Amamoto
ChinoYuriko Hoshi

Credits

DirectorKihachi Okamoto
Executive producerTomoyuki Tanaka
ScreenplayAkira Murao and Kihachi Okamoto
Original storyShugoro Yamamoto
CinematographyRokuro Nishigaki
EditingYoshitami Kuroiwa
Production designIwao Akune
MusicMasaru Sato

Disc Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • Original theatrical trailer and teaser
  • New essay by film and culture critic Howard Hampton
  • New and improved English subtitle translation

    New cover by Eric Skillman

Film Essays

Kill!: Pardon My Dust

By Howard Hampton October 24, 2005

Kihachi Okamoto’s dynamic, intricately madcap Kill! is a multitoned send-up of samurai film lore. With its crosshatched plot stitching, zigzag modulations, and dust-blown stock figures (Tatsuya . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Kill!: Rebel Samurai Cinema

By Chris D. October 24, 2005

Mirroring changes in awareness, politics, and lifestyle occurring across the globe, the chanbara (or Japanese swordplay film) underwent a significant metamorphosis in the early 1960s, acquiring . . . Read more »

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Film Essays

Kill!: Pardon My Dust

By Howard Hampton October 24, 2005

Kihachi Okamoto’s dynamic, intricately madcap Kill! is a multitoned send-up of samurai film lore. With its crosshatched plot stitching, zigzag modulations, and dust-blown stock figures (Tatsuya . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Kill!: Rebel Samurai Cinema

By Chris D. October 24, 2005

Mirroring changes in awareness, politics, and lifestyle occurring across the globe, the chanbara (or Japanese swordplay film) underwent a significant metamorphosis in the early 1960s, acquiring . . . Read more »