Synopsis: Hideo Gosha’s Tenchu: During the late 1860’s samurai from the western provinces of Japan, (most notably Satsuma, Choshu, and Tosa) mounted the beginnings of a civil war. In an effort to ‘Revere the Emperor, and Expel the Foreigners’ (Sonno Joi), they began a campaign of assassinations targeting those who sided with the Shogunate. From those violent days comes this true story of a bloody assassin known as ‘The Butcher of Tosa’. This movie is Gosha?s masterpiece! Okada Izo, (Katsu Shintaro) a low ranking samurai of the Tosa Clan falls under the influence of Takechi Hanpeita (Nakadai Tatsuya), an aspiring politician, and carries out a series of increasingly brutal assassinations. Famed writer Mishima Yukio co-stars as Tanaka Shinbei, another famous killer from that era. All the characters are based on real historical figures, and the story and action are surprisingly accurate as noted by historian Romulus Hillsborough, author of RYOMA LIFE OF A RENAISSANCE SAMURAI the biography of Sakamoto Ryoma. Sakamoto, another Tosa Clan samurai is there, too? acting as a conscience for the “”Men of Purpose””, who are trying to keep Japan closed to the West. Absolutely brilliant, this is Gosha at the height of his powers. The sword battles here are among the most astonishing ever filmed!
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