Shinsengumi: Assassins of Honor


Action / Adventure / Drama

IMDb Rating 6.9 10 238


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Toshirô Mifune as Tsuruchiyo Niiro
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Japanese 2.0
23.976 fps
122 min
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Japanese 2.0
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122 min
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Reviewed by massaster760 9 / 10 / 10

Samurai, Seppuku, Beheadings, and Mifune (what more do you need?).

The year is 1863 and Japan is in a severe political upheaval. The Shogunate of the Tokugawa was fighting the murderous ideology of sonnō jōi: "Revere the Emperor, Expel the Barbarians", whose followers had began to commit acts of murder in Kyoto. In response to this, the Shogan formed the Rōshigumi; a group of 234 Ronin who were to protect the Shogan from harm. One of the leaders of this group was a man named Kondo Isami (Mifune), a man who would eventually dissent and go on to form the Shinsengumi. The former group, the Rōshigumi, became suspicious of the Shinsengumi and sent spies to infiltrate the organization. Henceforth the Shinsengumi not only had to deal with the task of protecting the Shogun, but also with treachery within their own group. This is the setting of Shinsengumi: Assassins of Honor, a carefully researched and violent historical piece set in 19th century Japan. Shinsengumi is an incredibly complex film. I must caution viewers that they might want to read up on the history of the time period before watching this film, if you choose not to, you might have problems following the plot. That being said, as complex as it is, Shinsengumi is just as good and rewarding. To be honest, I knew from the first shot of this film that it was going to be great. The opening shot is of a westerner being slain by a samurai, a torrential downpour of blood spraying into the camera. I have to say the first shot set my expectations high and I wasn't disappointed. After the bloody opener, the film slows down and sets up the highly intricate plot and then introduces the viewer to Isami (expertly played by Toshiro always). Isami is a former farmer and a ronin, who helps form the Shensengumi. After the current leader goes crazy from alcoholism, Isami slays him and becomes the head of the Shinsengumi. Once in power, Isami's finds out his troubles are just beginning. Personally, I don't think I've ever seen a bad performance by the late Toshiro Mifune and Shinsengumi is another testament to his great acting ability. As far as acting goes, Shinsengumi features a great acting ensemble; from Mifune down to Katsuo Nakamura's tragic portrayal of the clan's accountant. The only thing more exquisite than the acting is the wonderful detail poured into the set and wardrobe. Vivid colorful kimonos, haori's and hakam's abound contrasted with beautifully reconstructed 19th century Kyoto; add Kazuo Yamada's expert cinematography and Hiroshi Ueda's capable art direction and you have a historical epic. To be clear, Shinsengumi is not an action film. Although it contains it's share of action (the scene in the Ikeda mercantile factory is incredible!!!)it's primary focus is on character development and an objective look at the political and social problems of late 19th century Japan. Bottom Line-Director Tadashi Sawashima delivers a violent samurai masterpiece, with great acting, score, cinematography, and a flawless Mifune.

Reviewed by ace-150 8 / 10 / 10

Superb and ruthless

I'm bursting with good things to say about this film. Japan's (maybe the world's) greatest actor playing one of Japan's greatest heroes is already goosebump inducing. In fact, all of the cast is stellar. As the other comments have pointed out, if you don't know the story of the Shinsengumi, you're at a disadvantage. This is a sort of Japanese Iliad, a real life story of heroism and tragedy. Everybody in Japan knows the names of the leaders of the Shinsengumi in the way that American children learn about George Washington and Benjamin Franklin. The good news is that the DVD program notes are fairly encyclopedic. They cover the major characters, places and events. Serizawa's entry mentions that "his hobbies include drawing, long fights on the beach and driving foreign invaders from his homeland." The film starts out well by including the ugliness of the Wolves of Mibu period. Hijikata is portrayed in a very dark way. Toward the end, Kondo actually says that Hijikata did all the dirty work so that Kondo could keep his hands (and soul) clean. Even though the Shinsengumi are the heroes, there is a point where you will be yelling at Hijikata to commit seppuku. The shogunate is a mess and you end up rooting for Kondo's devotion to the shogunal party at the same time that you want the shogunate to dry up and blow away. The film manages to be nuanced and yet get you jumping up and down yelling at your television. The production is beautiful, everything that you would want a samurai film to be. The costumes of the Shinsengumi are semi-accurate, unlike the beautiful but wrong ones in Gohatto. Although the pattern is correct in this film, the real colors were much more lurid. In real life, they must have looked like a troop of murderous peacocks as they charged through Kyoto. The exterior shots are gorgeous and the interior shots are lovely as well, although everybody seems to have brand new tatami at every point throughout the movie.

Reviewed by jan-mark 8 / 10 / 10

A great film but...

... a couple of slight historical corrections to previous reviews are in order. Firstly, although the Roshigumi (Ronin Corps) were formed to protect the Shogun during a journey to Kyoto to discuss recent political divisions with the Emperor, when they arrived at Kyoto their leader revealed that he actually wanted to take the Imperial side rather than the Shogunate side. This is why Kondo and the others split and formed the Shinsengumi (Newly Selected Corps). Secondly, although Kondo and some of the others were former farmers, they were all expert swordsmen. Kondo himself had been adopted into a samurai family and was headmaster of the Shieikan Dojo which taught Tennen Rishin style swordsmanship and several of his high ranking students and instructors had joined him in the Roshigumi and Shinsengumi. One in particular, Okita Soji is universally recognised as a "genius swordsman". Other than that I completely agree with the other reviews - this is a film well worth watching!

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