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Owls' Castle (1999)

Fukuro no shiro (original title)
As the great military commander Nobunaga Oda was consolidating his power across Japan, one of his actions was to wipe out a clan of assassins, killing every man, woman and child he found in... See full summary »

Director:

Masahiro Shinoda

Writers:

Katsuo Naruse, Ryôtarô Shiba (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Kiichi Nakai ... Tsuzura Juzo
Mayu Tsuruta Mayu Tsuruta ... Kohagi
Riona Hazuki Riona Hazuki ... Kisaru
Takaya Kamikawa Takaya Kamikawa ... Kazama Gohei
Toshiya Nagasawa Toshiya Nagasawa ... Marishiten Dogen
Jinpachi Nezu ... Hattori Hanzo
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kinnosuke Hannayagi Kinnosuke Hannayagi ... Ishida Mitsunari
Shôhei Hino Shôhei Hino ... Kuroami
Shima Iwashita ... Kita no Mandokoro
Toshio Kakei ... Kumohei
Hideyuki Kasahara Hideyuki Kasahara ... Iseya Employee
Haruko Mabuchi Haruko Mabuchi ... Old Woman Kusunoki
Mako ... Toyotomi Hideyoshi (as Mako Iwamatsu)
Kei Mizutani Kei Mizutani ... Bedhead Concubine
Atsuo Nakamura Atsuo Nakamura ... Tsuzura Tarobe / Narrator
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As the great military commander Nobunaga Oda was consolidating his power across Japan, one of his actions was to wipe out a clan of assassins, killing every man, woman and child he found in the village. Years later, one of the survivors has hired a young but skilled assassin to avenge the deaths of his friends and family. His mission: to sneak into the most heavily guarded castle in Japan, and kill the supreme ruler of the country. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Extraordinary film
30 May 2007 | by bill-890See all my reviews

This is an extraordinary film. As you will see if you read the other comments here, it is not to everyone's taste. It is not an action movie. However, it really isn't quite the sober "realistic" movie that others have described either. THAT movie would be Ninja hicho fukuro no shiro, Castle of Owls (aka Samurai Spies), also based on Ryotaro Shiba's novel and a fine piece of work in its own right.

Castle of Owls does sport some over the top ninja action, but Owls' Castle actually has a lot more. There is magic, wire fu, impossible appearances, and quite a bit of heroic swordplay. It is just that these things don't jump out at you: they are part of the fabric of the film: the wonderfully fantastic way it looks and the exciting way the story is told.

This movie was made by Masahiro Shinoda, who is one of the greatest living film directors. It is an amazing summing up of his concerns, and I think it may be the crowning achievement of his career.


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