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Heaven and Earth (1990)

Ten to Chi to (original title)
In 16th century Japan, two samurai engage in massive battles across the countryside; one attempting to conquer and the other attempting to defend his land while repressing his love for a woman after taking a vow of celibacy.


Haruki Kadokawa
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Credited cast:
Takaaki Enoki Takaaki Enoki ... Kagetora
Masahiko Tsugawa Masahiko Tsugawa ... Takeda Shingen
Atsuko Asano Atsuko Asano ... Nami
Naomi Zaizen Naomi Zaizen ... Yae
Hironobu Nomura Hironobu Nomura ... Taro Yoshinobu
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John G. Andrews ... Warrior
Masatô Ibu ... Akida
Morio Kazama Morio Kazama ... Imperial Messenger
Kyôko Kishida ... Maid-In-Waiting
Hideo Murota Hideo Murota ... Obu
Isao Natsuyagi ... Yamamoto Kansuke
Hiroyuki Okita Hiroyuki Okita ... Kosaka Danjo
Tsunehiko Watase Tsunehiko Watase ... Usami
Stuart Whitman ... Narrator (English version) (voice)
Takeshi Ôbayashi Takeshi Ôbayashi


Warlords Kagetora and Takeda each wish to prevent the other from gaining hegemony in feudal Japan. The two samurai leaders pursue one another across the countryside, engaging in massive battles of cavalry and infantry. Younger and less brutal, Kagetora must find the strength to be as brutal as his opponent, but at what cost? Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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English | Japanese

Release Date:

8 February 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kagetora See more »

Filming Locations:

Alberta, Canada See more »


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$42,000,000 (estimated)
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Haruki Kadokawa Films See more »
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Only one injury occured during the course of filming all the battle scenes. A Japanese wrangler lost a thumb during the night shift, when his hand got caught in some rope attached to a horse. First aid was applied and the thumb was saved. See more »


Uesugi Kenshin (Kagetora) is referred to as the "Tiger of Echigo." This is incorrect, as he was known as the Dragon of Echigo, whereas Takeda Shingen was called the Tiger of Kai. This is very odd, considering the director is a Japanese, and so are the rest of the crew. See more »


Kagetora: Is everyone's future preordained?
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Referenced in Martial Law II: Undercover (1991) See more »

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Canadian Samurai??????
19 October 2003 | by PIST-OFFSee all my reviews

Having just watched this movie on a whim I was quite impressed with the scope and choreography it must have taken to organize the battle scenes, which are of course tremendously filmed. I am however a prototypical american, and it's nice to see a little blood in battle scenes. I was often thinking while watching about the battle scenes in Braveheart. I wouldn't say that need necessarily be that bloody, but a war without blood seems to miss the point of war. Nothing in this movie looked painful. War just looked like a game of people riding horses in different directions.

I found the non battle scenes in the movie to be a nice balance though the charecters could have been worked on.....why are Kagetora and Nami in love???? What reason? Because she's there?

If this review is coming off negative then I'm not making myself clear. I did enjoy the film and have very little knowlege of 17th century Japan so as not to know of any historical flaws. I find it a bit amusing that it was filmed in Canada....donuts anyone, eh? But all in all pretty much any movie is cool if it has one samurai. When you have five or six hundred you're in for a good movie. I'd recommend this to people who hate black and white too much to sit through the three and a half hours of the Seven Samurai. 8/10

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