Sword of the Beast

Synopsis: Gennosuke, a clan retainer, kills one of the clan ministers as part of a plot to achieve reform. He is pursued by his former comrades, each hoping to complete the vendetta put on Gennosuke by the clan. With the help of a master swordsman, Yamane, Gennosuke has a chance at survival.
Genre: Action, Drama
Director(s): Hideo Gosha
Production: Criterion Collection
 
IMDB:
7.7
NOT RATED
Year:
1965
85 min
12 Views

SHOCHIKU PICTURES

A SHOCHIKU-HAIYUZA COPRODUCTION

SWORD OF THE BEAS

Screenplay by HIDEO GOSHA and EIZABURO SHIBA

Cinematography by TOSHITADA TSUCHIYA

Original Music by TOSHIAKI TSUSHIMA

Mister, I saw them chasing you back there.

You did? Where'd they go?

Don't worry. They ran towards town.

So how about some fun now... with me?

Starring

MIKIJIRO HIRA:

GO KATO:

Might as well. You could die at any moment.

EIJIRO TONO, KUNIE TANAKA

TOSHIE KIMURA, YOKO MIHARA

TAKESHI KATO, SHIGERU AMACHI

KANTARO SUGA:

They're just watering their horses.

It's okay. They can't see us here.

SHIMA IWASHITA:

Directed by HIDEO GOSHA

Over there!

Stop! You trapped me!

Forgive me! They paid me!

Stop!

Gennosuke, prepare to die!

Stop!

Gennosuke! Where's your samurai pride?

Stop!

Have you no shame, you coward?

To hell with name and pride!

I'll run and never stop!

Gennosuke Yuuki, samurai of

the Enshu Kakegawa clan,

killed Counselor Kenmotsu Yamaoka

and fled to his home province.

Kenmotsu's only daughter, Misa,

along with her fianc, Daizaburo Torio,

immediately set off in pursuit.

Gundayu Katori, master swordsman of the clan,

and four of his best men

were sent along to assist them.

The year was 1 857.

That horse.

Looks like Gennosuke's.

Is that your horse?

Master!

Master, some samurai are here!

We didn't steal that horse, sir.

We found it tied to our fence

this morning. Finders keepers, right?

Do you run this stable?

Toragoro Litomi at your service.

They call me Packhorse Tora.

You seem to have some pull here.

That's for sure! He runs

both the horses and the gambling!

Shut up!

If you have time to gab,

go get feed for the horses!

I want to ask a favor, man to man.

Lend us your men to find the owner of that horse.

Sir, they're very busy.

We'll pay ten ryo for your help.

Ten ryo!

Master Katori.

Should we really ask these thugs for help?

The classic texts say vendettas

differ from ordinary combat.

One can accept anybody's help if need be.

I agree.

Whatever it takes to catch that monster!

Sir, I accept your offer. Please, come inside.

Thank you.

Gennosuke said, "To hell with name and pride.

I'll run and never stop."

How could it be? He used to be so brave.

You're still far better than I am.

If only I could win one in three,

or at least one in five.

Our ambitions are different.

We differ less in ability than in tenacity.

Tenacity?

You will soon become the clan

counselor's son-in-law,

but I'm a nobody in the clan.

The sword is my only road out of obscurity.

This isn't a time of war. You

can't rise by your sword alone.

Times have changed since Commodore

Perry's fleet arrived.

No matter how much the

leadership resists, they must reform.

I will rise.

I'll become a full-fledged retainer.

- Even!

- Odd!

Even!

Last round! There aren't enough odds!

Any takers for odd? Come on.

Hold on.

Sir, how much is this worth?

I don't care. Appraise it as you wish.

Two bu?

Two bu on odd.

Evens and odds are balanced.

Any more bets? I hear none. Game!

Odd!

Thank you very much.

Hey!

Let's play again.

This game is under the table.

If my boss finds out, I'll lose a finger.

Who gives a damn about your finger?

Play again

or give us half the money!

Go to hell!

Secret games are a bad idea.

You're prey to bandits like us!

- Son of a bitch!

- Go to hell!

Stop.

Leave it! It's not worth a fight!

I'll rip this two-bit loser apart!

Fool! We can't afford trouble

before getting to the mountain.

- Those were prospectors, right?

- What of it?

There must be gold on that mountain.

Obviously, if they're prospectors.

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Hideo Gosha

Hideo Gosha (五社 英雄, Gosha Hideo, February 26, 1929 – August 30, 1992) was a Japanese film director. Born in Arasaka, Tokyo Prefecture, Gosha graduated from high school and served in the Imperial Navy during the Second World War. After earning a business degree at Meiji University, he joined Nippon television as a reporter in 1953. In 1957 he moved on to the newly founded Fuji Television and rose through the ranks as a producer and director. One of his television shows, the chambara Three Outlaw Samurai, so impressed the heads of the Shochiku film studio that he was offered the chance to adapt it as a feature film in 1964. Following this film's financial success, he directed a string of equally successful chambara productions through the end of the 1960s. His two most critical and popular successes of the period are Goyokin and Hitokiri (also known as Tenchu), both released in 1969 and both considered to be two of the finest examples of the chambara genre. During the 1970s Gosha abandoned pure chambara and turned his productive energies toward films in the yakuza genre but he still produced period sword films such as The Wolves (1971 film) (1972), Bandits vs. Samurai Squadron (1978), and Hunter in the Dark (1979). His films Three Outlaw Samurai and Sword of the Beast (1965) have been released by Criterion.By the early 1980s, Gosha began making period films that featured prostitutes as protagonists that were renowned for their realism, violence, and overt sexuality. They were critically panned for those very reasons, but they were also all box office successes. In 1984 he was awarded the Japan Academy Prize for Director of the Year for The Geisha.Gosha’s films have influenced directors including Chang Cheh, Takashi Miike, and Yoshiaki Kawajiri. more…

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