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Red Lion (1969)

Akage (original title)
Impersonating an Imperial Army officer by wearing a "red lion's mane", a poor servant returns to his village after 10 years of absence to end the village's suffering caused by corrupt ... See full summary »

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Kihachi Okamoto
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Toshirô Mifune ... Gonzo
Shima Iwashita ... Tomi
Etsushi Takahashi Etsushi Takahashi ... Ichinose Hanzo
Minori Terada Minori Terada ... Sanji
Nobuko Otowa ... Oharu
Yûko Mochizuki Yûko Mochizuki ... Ume
Jitsuko Yoshimura ... Oyoo
Kawai Okada Kawai Okada ... Osode
Shigeru Kôyama Shigeru Kôyama ... Staff Chief Aragaki
Hideyo Amamoto ... Dr. Gensai
Tokue Hanazawa Tokue Hanazawa ... Komatora
Shin Kishida Shin Kishida ... Secretary Sokichi
Hideo Sunazuka Hideo Sunazuka ... Amegaeru
Bokuzen Hidari ... Gohei
Gorô Mutsumi Gorô Mutsumi ... White Hair advance party leader (as Goro Mutsu)
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Storyline

Impersonating an Imperial Army officer by wearing a "red lion's mane", a poor servant returns to his village after 10 years of absence to end the village's suffering caused by corrupt officials and businessmen. Written by Alex Ebora <ebora87@eelab.newpaltz.edu>

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Genres:

Action | Comedy

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

17 December 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Red Lion See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Sekihotai, of which Mifune's character is a member, means something like the "Red Vanguard" in Japanese. It was set up by the anti-shogun forces to go through areas and announce that rents were to be halved. The plan was to get civilian support for the new regime. There were 3 units that traveled ahead of the real anti-shogun army. They were then denounced by the anti-shogun forces. See more »

Quotes

Gonzo: I'm not too bright, but... I never forgot what you taught me... that "W... W... Warriors of Soumou" stuff, you know!
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References Seven Samurai (1954) See more »

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This movie is crazy good!
30 October 2007 | by ace-150See all my reviews

I can't believe that I've never seen this before, because it ranks with the finest in Japanese cinema. The ensemble cast of crazy, frequently snaggle-toothed actors is superb. These people steal scenes from Mifune Toshiro! That takes talent. Mifune is stellar as always, but the sassy pie-faced hooker, the oily existentialist assassin and the smarmy anxious deputy are amazing as well. Although the film is mostly played for comedy, the ending is as moving as anything that cinema has to offer. A film about very particular people in a claustrophobic little village suddenly becomes an epic metaphor for sweeping political and economic change in Japan. Oh, and I'll be singing that song for a month.

The DVD is also stellar. The subtitles are color coded by character to keep you from getting confused, and you have a choice between full titles and stripped down ones. The liner notes even include a bibliography! Plus the animeigo website has additional liner notes for the film. That's love.


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