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The Lost World of Sinbad (1963)

Dai tozoku (original title)
Sukezaemon, a pirate, is shipwrecked in a strange corner of the world. With his companion, a wizard named Sennin, Sukezaemon becomes entangled in a plot by the evil premier to succeed the dying King Raksha.

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Senkichi Taniguchi
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Toshirô Mifune ... Sukezaemon Naya, alias 'Luzon' (Sinbad in English version)
Tadao Nakamaru Tadao Nakamaru ... The Chancellor
Mie Hama ... Princess Yaya
Kumi Mizuno ... Miwa the Rebel Leader
Ichirô Arishima Ichirô Arishima ... Sennin the Wizard
Hideyo Amamoto ... Granny the Witch (in drag)
Mitsukô Kusabue Mitsukô Kusabue ... Sobei (as Mitsuko Kusabue)
Jun Tazaki Jun Tazaki ... Itaka Tsuzuka of the Imperial Guards
Akiko Wakabayashi ... Yaya's maid
Jun Funato Jun Funato ... Prince Ming of Thailand
Makoto Satô Makoto Satô ... The Black Pirate
Jun'ichirô Mukai Jun'ichirô Mukai ... Chief of Imperial Guards
Rokku Furukawa Rokku Furukawa ... Rebel
Hideo Sunazuka Hideo Sunazuka ... Rebel
Masaya Nihei Masaya Nihei ... Rebel
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Storyline

An adventurous and daring sailor sets sail to the castle of an ailing king to stop an evil premier, hungry for power and wealth, from succeeding to the throne and marrying the king's beautiful daughter. Along the way, with the help of a band of courageous rebels and a lustful wizard, he must overcome the powers of a mesmerizing witch, ruthless pirates, and the castle's Imperial guards. The sailor must also free those kidnapped into slavery and restore the king's reputation. Written by Oliver Chu

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His NEWEST Conquest!


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

3 March 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

7th Wonder of Sinbad See more »

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Toho Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In the United States, this was picked up by American International, re-titled "The Lost World of Sinbad," and released at the top of a packaged double feature with another negative pickup, Giuseppe Vari's "War of the Zombies." See more »

Goofs

Co-screenwriter Shin'ichi Sekizawa is misidentified as the director of photography in the onscreen credits of the English-dubbed version. See more »

Quotes

Granny the Witch: [Granny gives chase to Sennin] Where is he? Where is that silly old man hiding?
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Crazy Credits

The credits on the U.S. prints, release by American International under the title "The Lost World of Sinbad", list the director of photography as Shinichi Sekizawa. Mr. Sekizawa is a noted screenwriter who also co-wrote this film. See more »

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Referenced in Kiganjô no bôken (1966) See more »

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A Criminal Waste of Talent and Setting
24 November 2014 | by joenookSee all my reviews

Every once and a while you stumble upon a film that gets your heart racing, a film that you must track down immediately. So, you say that Toho made a Sinbad film in the 60s, when films like that flourished? Leading man Toshiro Mifune (Yojimbo, Seven Samurai, etc.) plays the Sinbad-like pirate? The gorgeous Mie Hama (You Only Live Twice, Ironfinger, Toho's King Kong films) plays a princess, Kumi Mizuno (tons of Godzilla and Kaiju) plays a bandit leader? So many other familiar faces, even Takashi Shimura and Masanari Nihei (the lovable dope from Ultraman) make small appearances, amongst many other Toho players as well? Wow, that sounds amazing! Well... it's not, because simply, nothing really happens. If you're aware of Toho films and Japanese films of the era, you can always expect gorgeous sets and highly detailed costumes--yes, that's all here. But that's about all you get. Mifune's titular Sinbad is at sea for a total of about five minutes, spending most of the film arguing and wandering around as palace guards and the antagonist's henchmen give him grief, yet seem to let him pass and do what he wants most of the time.

After about the hour and fifteen minute mark things finally start to get interesting: a bit of sword fighting (the first in the entire movie; the rest is solely Mifune dodging,) arrows being shot, and a Gorgon-like witch character (sorta) battling it out with a mystical hermit. And as quick as the action beings, it dies off, leaving the viewer with a completely unfulfilling experience, and maybe a bit upset that these intricate sets and amazing actors weren't utilized to their true potential.

I hate to put myself up on a pedestal, but this film is nothing short of a failure, even from a die-hard fan. Despite such a cast, it's tedious and boring, lacks adventure and monsters and action, and is truly not worth even the most devoted Toho or Japanese film aficionado's time. I know, I find it hard to believe myself.


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