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Crest of Betrayal (1994)

Chûshingura gaiden: Yotsuya kaidan (original title)
When Tamiya Iyemon joins the Asano Clan, he brings with him a legacy of death. Aside from Horibe Yasubei, he is the only one with fighting experience and could help the group carrying out their long-awaited vendetta against Lord Kira.

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Kinji Fukasaku
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kôichi Satô ... Iemon Tamiya
Saki Takaoka ... Oiwa
Keiko Oginome Keiko Oginome ... Oume
Renji Ishibashi ... Kihei Itô
Eri Watanabe Eri Watanabe ... Omaki (as Eriko Watanabe)
Shôhei Hino Shôhei Hino ... Kanpei Yokokawa
Naomasa Musaka Naomasa Musaka ... Takuetsu
Maiko Kikuchi Maiko Kikuchi ... Okaru
Tsutomu Shimomoto Tsutomu Shimomoto
Kiminobu Okumura Kiminobu Okumura
Manabu Fukuhara Manabu Fukuhara
Takeshi Maya Takeshi Maya
Yoshiyuki Shibata Yoshiyuki Shibata
Takashi Taniguchi
Yûichi Aoyama Yûichi Aoyama ... Kinemon Okano
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Storyline

When Tamiya Iyemon joins the Asano Clan, he brings with him a legacy of death. Aside from Horibe Yasubei, he is the only one with fighting experience and could help the group carrying out their long-awaited vendetta against Lord Kira.

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jidai geki | samurai | ronin | See All (3) »

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Action | Drama | Horror

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

22 October 1994 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Crest of Betrayal See more »

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Production Co:

Shochiku See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Entertaining mash-up of genres
14 February 2009 | by ChungMoSee all my reviews

Kinji Fukasaku keeps this film firmly rooted in the traditions of Japanese genre cinema circa the 1970's. The only giveaways that this film was made in the 1990's (aside from the cast) are the special effects late in the film when ghosts are running around and they make use of computer controlled cameras to assist in the effects.

While the plot is confusing at times with the timeline jumps and the long list of names to keep up with, the sheer energy put into the production makes up for it. Everything is here, chambara action, morally ambiguous anti-hero, crazy characters in full traditional stage makeup, a little nudity from the lead actress, social commentary of sorts and finally the supernatural. The photography and direction are excellent although a little more could have been done to tie all the elements together.

Recommended for Japanese action fans.


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