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Goyokin (1969)

Goyôkin (original title)
A guilt-haunted samurai warrior attempts to stop a massacre taking place.

Director:

Hideo Gosha
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tatsuya Nakadai ... Magobei Wakizaka
Tetsurô Tanba ... Rokugo Tatewaki
Yôko Tsukasa ... Shino
Ruriko Asaoka Ruriko Asaoka ... Oriha
Kunie Tanaka ... Hirosuke
Isao Natsuyagi ... Kunai
Kô Nishimura Kô Nishimura
Eijirô Tôno
Ben Hiura Ben Hiura ... Rokuzo
Susumu Kurobe ... Omura Sobee
Hisashi Igawa ... Takeuchi Shinjiro
Fujio Tokita Fujio Tokita
Shinnosuke Ogata Shinnosuke Ogata ... Miyauchi Hanzo
Shôji Ôki Shôji Ôki
Yoshitarô Asawaka Yoshitarô Asawaka
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Tatsuya Nakadai plays a samurai who is an eyewitness to a massacre of a small village by men of his own clan. Even though he did not participate, and did his best to prevent it, he realizes with guilt that he had been manipulated to enable the massacre. He quits and becomes a ronin; wandering the country he learns of a scheme by his former clan to repeat a similar massacre. Determined to stop them, and with the help of women and men who are loyal to him, he endures great hardships, moral and physical, engaging in incredible battles in the effort to atone for his earlier mistake and help to save the lives of defenseless peasants. Written by <ttetpos@yahoo.com>

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This is the first Japanese feature film in Panavision. See more »

Connections

Remade as The Master Gunfighter (1975) See more »

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Absolutely gorgeous images that stay with you forever!
30 December 2004 | by drwnuttSee all my reviews

I saw this film in the late 1970s. It was called "Goyekin - The Emperor's Gold". As I watched our guilt-ridden hero return to fulfill his promise, really a threat, to punish his family if they repeated their crime. I still see the image of him striding along the beach with a conical hat pulled low. The shadow on his face made his eyes glow under the hat and the shot was taken with a telephoto through wispy beach grass. Completely memorable. Then the scene in the forest with the horsemen riding through. It looked like an ancient Japanese painting with hazy colors and an other-worldliness that was amazing. Then the concluding duel in the snow. Two brilliantly attired samurai dueling in a pure white, glistening environment. So many great images from one film!

The film itself is a pretty typical revenge film with some twists. When Tom Laughlin tried to redo it as a Mexican western,"The Master Gunfighter", it just fell flat. But the samurai movie has an entertaining plot and good action characters with beautiful settings. I think this film is a special case of cinematographic excellence. See it and enjoy the beauty.


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

1 May 1969 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Steel Edge of Revenge See more »

Filming Locations:

Japan

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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