Beautiful, interesting, incredible cinema.
Kumokiri Nizaemon, a former samurai warrior, has abandoned his class to become the leader of a gang of thieves. He leads his outlaws in an attempt to rob the castle of his former clan.
1979 | Nominee: Best Supporting Actress
Who stages action like Gosha? Mud, sweat, abjection, fear. Yes, it's a near-3-hr panorama, but the film is almost obsessed with detail, with texture...
What the heck happened here? Gratuitous nudity and blood spurts? Gone is the poetry. It's all about gore.
Overlong, and Nakadai killing throngs of samurai, clearly in his 50's, by himself, becomes beyond ridiculous, but I'd follow Gosha anywhere, and this is his bread and butter.