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Sleepy Eyes of Death: Sword of Fire (1965)

Nemuri Kyôshirô: Enjôken (original title)
This film of the sleepy-eyed ronin series has the red-haired swordsman on his way to the city of Edo when he comes across the scene of a woman in the midst of a knife fight with a man. When... See full summary »

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Kenji Misumi
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Raizô Ichikawa ... Kyoshirô Nemuri
Tamao Nakamura Tamao Nakamura ... Nui Higaki
Michiko Sugata Michiko Sugata ... Kayo
Sanae Nakahara Sanae Nakahara ... Oryô
Kô Nishimura Kô Nishimura ... Tahei Narumiya
Ryûzô Shimada Ryûzô Shimada ... Takaatsu Kôdô
Kôichi Mizuhara Kôichi Mizuhara ... Sajihei
Junko Kozakura Junko Kozakura ... Kozasa
Tôru Abe Tôru Abe ... Atobe, Chief Retainer
Saburô Date ... Mon'nosuke Kaizuka
Kôichi Uenoyama Kôichi Uenoyama ... Yôzô Kakurai
Manabu Morita ... Denkichi
Gen Kimura Gen Kimura
Yûshi Hamada Yûshi Hamada
Jun Fujikawa Jun Fujikawa
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This film of the sleepy-eyed ronin series has the red-haired swordsman on his way to the city of Edo when he comes across the scene of a woman in the midst of a knife fight with a man. When he reluctantly and with considered hesitation becomes involved, his intervention has him involved in a thieving plot involving the top official of the local Todo Clan and a plan to cover up a theft from a band of pirates. Written by aghaemi

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

13 January 1965 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Sleepy Eyes of Death: Sword of Fire See more »

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Daiei Studios See more »
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Mono

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Nemuri Kyoshiro body-count: 58. See more »

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Followed by Sleepy Eyes of Death: Castle Menagerie (1969) See more »

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A breath of fresh air...beautifully directed, acted, and shot
31 July 2017 | by InjunNoseSee all my reviews

This is the fifth entry in the popular Sleepy Eyes of Death series starring Raizo Ichikawa as Kyoshiro Nemuri, Master of the Full-Moon Cut...and my first encounter with these films after having read about them for years. I was not disappointed. "Sword of Fire" is a surprisingly restrained effort from director Kenji Misumi, and that's not a complaint: in fact, this just might be my favorite among the many Misumi films I've seen. (Strangely enough, "Sword of Satan"--the next film in the series--has much more of the bloody, garish ambiance usually associated with Misumi, though it was directed by Kimiyoshi Yasuda.) The story is compelling, racing along on greased wheels like the best hard-boiled detective novels, and the sword fights are satisfying if infrequent; the final confrontation, especially, is choreographed to graceful perfection against and within the backdrop of a massive, forbidding pagoda. As Kyoshiro Nemuri, Ichikawa is as dour and tight-lipped as his character's reputation suggests, but Nemuri demonstrates that he's not quite the unprincipled rogue everyone believes him to be. Based on what I've seen so far, this is a high point in the series. If you're a fan of the Zatoichi and Lone Wolf & Cub films, you'll want to own it. (Eight and a half stars.)


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