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Ibun Sarutobi Sasuke

Masahiro Shinoda Japan, 1965

Alejandro Amores's rating of the film Samurai Spy

The anti zankoku chanbara. Shinoda's second take on the genre plays with the aesthetics of the static rather than with the poetics of constant movement. Critical and political as always, Shinoda writes a veiled essay on a genre that wasn't too far from becoming the gore feast we witnessed in Katsu Production flicks.