Nemuri Kyôshirô: Engetsu Sappô 

In this version, Nemuri (famous for his vaunted Full-Moon Sword technique) is caught up in the Conspiracy of the 13 Clans. The titular role is played by Kataoka Takao. The villainous leader... See full summary »
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Tôru Abe Tôru Abe ...  Zusho Shôzaemon 1 episode, 1982
Kagawa Ayame Kagawa Ayame ...  Omitsu 1 episode, 1982
Shôhei Hino Shôhei Hino ...  Kinpachi 1 episode, 1982
Gorô Ibuki ...  Ebihara Kurando 1 episode, 1982
Nobumi Ittoku Nobumi Ittoku ...  Ryûgen 1 episode, 1982
Mastunosuke Kataoka Mastunosuke Kataoka ...  Matsuura Yoichiro 1 episode, 1982
Takao Kataoka Takao Kataoka ...  Nemuri Kyôshirô 1 episode, 1982
Horiuchi Kazuichi Horiuchi Kazuichi ...  Tokube 1 episode, 1982
Okabe Keiko Okabe Keiko ...  Rika 1 episode, 1982
Shirô Kishibe Shirô Kishibe ...  Miyakoda Suishin 1 episode, 1982
Hosei Komatsu Hosei Komatsu ...  Takebe Senjûrô 1 episode, 1982
Kawakami Kyosho Kawakami Kyosho ...  Shota 1 episode, 1982
Kayo Matsuo Kayo Matsuo ...  Oran 1 episode, 1982
Yasuhiro Minakami Yasuhiro Minakami ...  Okabe Minonokami 1 episode, 1982
Tokio Oki Tokio Oki ...  Naka Okazaemon 1 episode, 1982
Daigaku Sekine Daigaku Sekine ...  Shimamoto Hanzaburô 1 episode, 1982
Jiro Takagi Jiro Takagi ...  Sô Shunretsu 1 episode, 1982
Keiko Takeshita Keiko Takeshita ...  Sachi 1 episode, 1982
Keiko Tamura Keiko Tamura ...  Shubin 1 episode, 1982
Nagano Tatsuya Nagano Tatsuya ...  Karatsuya 1 episode, 1982
Koyu Tsuruta Koyu Tsuruta ...  Morita Shunosuke 1 episode, 1982
Ichirô Yamamoto Ichirô Yamamoto ...  Saheiji 1 episode, 1982
Takagi Yoshiharu Takagi Yoshiharu ...  Samurai 1 episode, 1982
Katsue Yukitomo Katsue Yukitomo ...  Oyoshi 1 episode, 1982
Kikuichi Ôgida Kikuichi Ôgida ...  Samurai 1 episode, 1982
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In this version, Nemuri (famous for his vaunted Full-Moon Sword technique) is caught up in the Conspiracy of the 13 Clans. The titular role is played by Kataoka Takao. The villainous leader of the Conspiracy is played by Toru Ahbe who was famous for his modern-day Yakuza films. Nemuri's comical sidekick is played by Hino Shohei who played a similar comical role for the series Matsudaira Choshichiro. Written by monastery-83917

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Japan

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Japanese

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24 November 1982 (Japan) See more »

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Nemuri Kyoshiro: Full Moon Cut See more »

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Kabuki-za, TV Tokyo See more »
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(18 episodes)

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Color
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Kataoka's greatest role
14 November 2018 | by monastery-83917See all my reviews

In this version of Nemuri Kyoshiro starring Kataoka, there is one episode where Kyoshiro mentions his relationship to his Sword, the Muso Masamune. What he says is quite brief, and his statement is open to multiple interpretations.

What he says is that his Sword is Female. The first impression I got is that it has to do with Shintoism in its animistic belief of different spirits or dieties inhabiting certain objects. Compared with the Raizo version in which Raizo showed Kyoshiro as a lecherous womanizer, the Kataoka version is entirely different in that he instead shows aloofness toward women. That is in addition to his concern for women, as opposed to the Raizo version of ruthlessness. Along the way from Raizo to the version with Tamura Masakazu, the Nemuri character underwent an evolution in which Kyoshiro went gradually from ruthless to remorseful to compassionate.

In one episode with Kataoka, Nemuri even blames himself for the death of a Woman even though it's not his fault at all. That is, when assassins from the Satsuma clan attacked him, the Woman was an innocent bystander who got killed Indirectly during the Swordfight. If it was the Raizo version, Nemuri would have cared not the slightest whit about the Woman's death. This seemingly drastic change in Nemuri's character seemed to have begun in the Tamura Masakazu version and reached its culmination with Kataoka Takao. Evidently, the Female-Spirit in his Sword which the Kataoka version mentions has much to do with his newly-found conscience.

What makes for actor Kataoka's charismatic appeal is that he masterfully conveys the serene impassiveness of a master swordsman totally unafraid to die, yet without looking wooden. If you really think about it, it's a tough balancing act to appear serenely impassive but without looking wooden. In a sense, this is what actor Leonard Nimoy successfully portrayed with his Spock character, that is, an alien who suppresses his emotions but without looking wooden. Actor Kataoka runs in somewhat the same vein, but also different because in this case the cold impassiveness of Kyoshiro is Not suppression of emotions but rather a Swordsman's total acceptance that he can die at any moment.


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