Kiru

1962

Action / Drama

150
IMDb Rating 7.1 10 265

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Japanese 2.0
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23.976 fps
71 min
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Japanese 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
71 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by ChungMo 7 / 10 / 10

Minimal almost abstract story of a "Beautiful and Tragic Wandering"

The same year he directed the first of the Zatoichi series, Kenji Misumi directed this tale based on a famous novel by Renzaboro Shibata. With an eye for composition, Misumi created an amazing bit of visual cinema. The story follows the adult life of Shingo, a humble orphan raised by a low ranking samurai. He decides to to wander Japan for three years and returns with an unexpected new skill; he can bring swordsmen to their knees quaking in fear just with a sword pose. This technique, unfortunately brings tragedy to Shingo's family and he ends up wandering in misery after they are killed by jealous samurai. There are marked similarities with Misumi's later film, "Ken Ki" which is also based on a book by Renzaboro Shibata. Unfortunately in this film, unlike "Ken Ki" and like many other films based on a famous novel, much of the story seems to be told in short hand as if the audience is expected to be familiar with the story and characters already. It's a testament to Misumi's talent that the movie works so well visually, we can forgive the odd jumps in time and the sparse character development. Curious since the movie is unusually short for a Japanese film. By 40 minutes in the movie settles down and everything works much better dramatically. Some of the shots are amazing masterpieces of composition. The action is well done. If you are looking for more rounded entertainment, I recommend "Ken Ki" over this. That is not to say that this film isn't with rewards of it's own but it's a demanding work to watch. The DVD I saw had an original trailer for "Kiru". It strangely contains a scene that wasn't in the film. This scene is very interesting as it ends in an extreme bit of action that foretells Misumi's later work with the Lone Wolf series.

Reviewed by chrismcmorran 6 / 10 / 10

Review of the film containing a few spoilers.

Though I have not seen many Samurai films, Kiru is the best I have seen so far. Its complex story line mirrors the lead character`s internal struggles and leads to an incredible final sequence, all in 70 minutes. The story revolves around a young man who wishes to travel for the experience, and returns home two years later as a talented swordsman, much to the surprise of all. His talent doubly infuriates his neighbor, who has already suffered embarrassment due to his son`s poor swordsmanship. The neighbor retaliates by sullying the name of our hero (calling him adopted) and then murdering his sister and father. Thus begins our hero`s life as a ronin. The allegations of his adoption are true and open up a complex history and a tale of true love that led to his adoption as an infant. The fight scenes show real ingenuity, including a fight involving a woman that continues to haunt both the hero and this author. The final climactic scene is a work of cinematic art. The director had me completely on the edge of my seat through silence and camera angles, along with superb acting. Try watching the infamous horse`s head scene from The Godfather with the volume turned off. Then watch this final scene and marvel at the director`s brilliant ability of maximizing tension with minimum distraction. This author saw the film at the Kyoto branch of the Japan Foundation in Feb 2003. The film was shown in its original wide-screen version and belongs to the Japan Foundation film archives.

Reviewed by boblipton 6 / 10 / 10

The Unkindest Cut

Master swordsman Raizo Ichikawa comes home to find his sister dead and his father dying. Before that happens, he is old a long story about how his real mother assassinated her husband's evil mistress, fled with a samurai, and was captured by by her clan. No one would kill her, so it fell to her lover, who gave him to the man Ichikawa thought was his father. It'ss one of those weird movies that the Japanese enjoyed back then, in which people do horrible things to seek vengeance in beautiful surroundings where the birds chirp. It's directed by Kenji Misumi, who would begin directing the Zatoichi series that very year. It's quite lovely and quite alien to my understanding. Perhaps you will get more out of it than I did.

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