|Expected release date is Tuesday, April 25, 2017|
BROKEN SWORDS (Hiken Yaburi)
1969 - Color - 90 Min. - REMASTERED ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (16:9)
KATO Yoshi, GOMI Ryutaro
Original Story by: GOMI Kosuke "Hakuoki"
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Directed by: IKEHIRO Kazuo
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This re-make of SAMURAI VENDETTA tells the tragic, yet exciting story of the friendship between Nakayama Yasubei, a member of the 47 Ronin, and Tange Tenzen, a relative by marriage of the vile Lord Kira. The original version had paired Katsu Shintaro with Ichikawa Raizo in an extremely successful film which had helped springboard the 2 lead actors into their position as Daiei Films biggest stars. By 1969 though, Katsu had left to start his own production company, and Ichikawa had tragically died at a very young age.
Daiei Films seeking to replace the 2 with new faces remade the film with Hongo Kojiro in the Katsu role as Yasubei, and Matsukata Hiroki took over the Ichikawa role as Tenzen. Matsukata Hiroki also replaced the late Ichikawa Raizo in both the Nemuri Kyoshiro (SON OF THE BLACK MASS) and SHINOBI NO MONO (NINJA, A BAND OF ASSASSINS) series. Hongo Kojiro is a fine actor and a very good swordsman, though his skills do not match Katsu Shintaro's as the Ako ronin; however Matsukata Hiroki's swordsmanship far outshines that of Ichikawa Raizo, giving this movie one of the greatest fight scenes of all time. An extraordinary film with an outstanding story and brilliant swordplay. This is a motion picture not to be missed.