Nemuri Kyôshirô: Engetsugiri

1964

Drama / Mystery

143
IMDb Rating 6.7 10 134

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Japanese 2.0
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23.976 fps
86 min
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Japanese 2.0
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23.976 fps
86 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by gkbazalo 9 / 10 / 10

You can't watch just one

This is the third of 12 Nemuri Kyoshiro (Sleepy Eyes of Death) movies and they are great fun. Only 5 have been released on VHS or laser disk in the US. Once I watch one of them, I find myself going through the other 4 in rapid succession. Nemuri is a cynical ronin (masterless samurai) who disdains authority and the samurai code of honor. All the films follow the same formula: Nemuri is asked to carry out an honorable mission and refuses, professing to have no interest in anyone or anything. However, some event occurs that piques his interest and he does the right thing, motivated mostly by the antipathy he feels for the villains, who may be high government officials or venal merchants (usually both). The swordplay is generally swift and perfunctory. This is not Kurosawa or Kobayashi, but formula, "B" movies that grow on you with repeat watching. Full Circle Killing features a murderous mother who arranges the deaths of the Shogun's heirs in order to have her own son rise to that post. As usual, most of the characters turn out to be pawns manipulated by the higher authorities that Nemuri detests. Two of the series (Chinese Jade and Sword of Seduction) feature Tomisaburo Wakayama, the star of the Lone Wolf and Cub series, as Nemuri's nemesis, Sun Chen. Their interplay is highly entertaining. Although these are B movies, all are well done with good color photography, interesting and believable minor characters and cogent plots. Nemuri's character is the driving force, however, making the plots secondary, especially on repeat viewings, which the series merits. Recommended for chambara fans, especially lovers of Zatoichi and Lone Wolf and Cub.

Reviewed by jrd_73 7 / 10 / 10

The Series's Gothic Ambiance Makes Its First Appearance Here

One of the traits of the Kyoshiro Nemuri films that I had remembered from my viewings twenty years ago was the Gothic atmosphere. The series contains images that could have been been in a horror film from that period (a Roger Corman or Mario Bava movie). Here, the opening credits play over a tombstone in what looks like a swamp in fog. This location never appears in the film proper, but it is an arresting opening image. In addition, immediately after the credits the viewer is thrown into a shanty town under a wooden bridge at night. A man runs in yelling "murder." People scatter. A group of samurai enter. Their masked leader decapitates a peasant. The other members of his group congratulate the killer. Thus, begins the third Kyoshiro Nemuri film. In spite of the opening, this entry ranks a little below the last one, Sword of Adventure. The plot meanders as Nemuri gets involved with the shanty town residents and pits himself against the ambitious (and spoiled) illegitimate son of the shogun whose mother is promoting him as his father's successor. In the course of the film, Nemuri will have to fight a duel with a down on his luck, but fiercely traditional, samurai. The film does make some comparison between this honorable samurai and the arrogant, rich villain, but it could have done more with the character. The duel happens too early and feels almost like an unneeded complication. The film has more than its share of plot threads and fewer might have been more. Also, the villainess (the mother of the shogun's son) needed more screen time to, well, be more villainous. Overall, this is a good, but not great, entry in the series. The film's opening was the highlight for this viewer.

Reviewed by MartinHafer 7 / 10 / 10

A very good film, but one with a very disturbing message...

Raizô Ichikawa returns as the ronin (master-less samurai) Nemuri Kyoshiro in this third installment in the series. In most ways, the film is a major improvement over the first film (which tended to be more talky and cerebral). The story is pretty exciting and the swordplay exceptional. I also liked the story that seemed possibly inspired by "Macbeth"--as evil women use their sons for their own power and glory. In particular, a terribly obnoxious young man is primed to become the next shogun by arranging "accidents" for all the other possible candidates. To make things worse, this son is amazingly vain and believes he is an amazing warrior--when he is really not much more than a maggot waiting to be stomped on by Kyoshiro. Ultimately, there are no surprises as to what happens, but in such series films what you expect MUST happen--it's all part of the formula that make samurai series (such as Zatoichi or Lone Wolf and Cub) what they are--relatively mindless fun. Unfortunately, despite being a very good film, I am amazed that none of the other reviewers noticed or cared about one glaring problem with this film. Late in the film, Kyoshiro rapes a woman in order to "teach her a lesson". While this has been a relatively common myth in Japanese culture, the idea that a hero needs to rape a woman because she deserves it is just sick--and ruins an otherwise wonderful film. And, in accordance with the myth, the woman grows to love the rapist!! I have seen films from the Hanzo the Razor series (where the cop, played by Shintaro Katsu "interrogates" female suspects by raping them) and I know that there is at least on manga series where the "rape man" dispenses justice by raping women who "need their comeuppance". Surely, however, by the 21st century we are better than this and I hope that no one actually takes this insane idea to heart.

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