THE MAN WHO CHALLENGED 8,000,000 KOKU (Happyakuman Goku ni Idomi Otoko)
1961 – color – 95 minutes – Remastered Anamorphic Widescreen (16:9)
Starring: ICHIKAWA Utaemon
NAKAMURA Kazuo, YAMAMURA So
Directed by: NAKAGAWA Nobuo
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In the year 1729 an unusual tale of intrigue unfolds around the succession of 8th shogun Yoshimune. When a young master swordsman shows up in Edo claiming to be Shogun Yoshimune’s illegitimate son it creates a crisis that reaches all the way up to the highest levels of the central government. While two opposing factions get ready to fight it out, what will become of the young man at the center of the controversy? A great performance by
superstar Ichikawa Utaemon highlights this masterful screenplay penned by Hashimoto Shinobu, writer of Seven Samurai, The Hidden Fortress, Samurai Assassin, Hara Kiri, Sword of Doom, and Hitokiri. Brilliant!