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Bloody Spear at Mount Fuji (1955)

Chiyari Fuji (original title)
Not Rated | | Adventure, Drama | 27 February 1955 (Japan)
A samurai travels to Edo with his two servants. On their way, they meet many people and encounter great injustice.

Director:

Tomu Uchida
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Cast

Credited cast:
Chiezô Kataoka Chiezô Kataoka ... Gonpachi
Ryûnosuke Tsukigata
Chizuru Kitagawa Chizuru Kitagawa
Yuriko Tashiro Yuriko Tashiro ... Otane
Daisuke Katô ... Genta
Eitarô Shindô
Toranosuke Ogawa
Kyôji Sugi Kyôji Sugi
Yoshio Yoshida
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harue Akagi Harue Akagi
Ryûtarô Aoyagi Ryûtarô Aoyagi
Koji Arima Koji Arima
Mitsuo Asano Mitsuo Asano
Tominosuke Hayama Tominosuke Hayama
Hideo Higashi Hideo Higashi
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Storyline

A samurai travels to Edo with his two servants. On their way, they meet many people and encounter great injustice.

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Genres:

Adventure | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

27 February 1955 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

A Bloody Spear on Mount Fuji See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Toei Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Near the end of the movie, a barrel of some liquid was pierced by a spear. The barrel keeps spilling liquid for several minutes, but does not have enough volume to hold that much liquid. See more »

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Ideal blend of narrative and meaning
25 September 2008 | by timmy_501See all my reviews

I find that many films either focus on story so much that they lack meaning or they go to the opposite extreme and focus so narrowly on a message that they fail as stories. Thus it is with great pleasure that I viewed a film that refreshingly melds narrative with meaning in a fashion that works so well it seems almost effortless.

Tomu Uchida's A Bloody Spear at Mt. Fuji is the story of an unassuming samurai who is more interested in a person's actions than his social standing. In spite of the rigid class divide that exists between himself and his servants he tends to treat them as his equals even when they themselves feel that they are inferior to him. The film features remarkable subplots that add scope and depth to the social criticism offered by the main plot. Among these is the story of a male orphan who idolizes the samurai's spear bearer and a young woman who is sold into prostitution because her family is too poor to support her.

The style of the film is quite unique. I don't know if I've ever seen a movie switch from one a light comedic tone to a tragic one so effectively. While this handles some of the same themes covered by directors like Mizoguchi and Naruse it does so without ever seeming overbearing or ponderous.

This film also boasts one of the best endings I've ever seen. Brilliant end to a brilliant film.


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