A DANCER & 2 SAMURAI (Odoriko Gyojoki)
1955 – B/W - 89 min. – REMASTERED ACADEMY STANDARD (4:3)
Starring: ICHIKAWA Raizo, KATSU Shintaro
YAMAMOTO Fujiko, DATE Saburo
HASEGAWA Yumiko, KONO Akitake
Directed by: YASUDA Kimiyoshi
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This unknown gem from master filmmaker Yasuda Kimiyoshi (Zato Ichi’s Cane/Sword) features the dynamic pairing of superstars Ichikawa Raizo and Katsu Shintaro in one of their earliest appearances as they join Lord Mizuki’s guards after a difficult time as ronin. Showing off their sword skills when they are introduced at the lord’s birthday celebration earns them the enmity of members of the Itto school of swordsmanship. As things rapidly unfold the lord’s favorite dancer Tasoya is asked to help the two swordsmen as they prepare to fight a life or death battle against the Itto group. Katsu Shintaro’s swordfighting ability is the major highlight of this black and white classic from the Daiei Film Company’s archives!