Sleepy Eyes of Death: Sword of Adventure

1964

Drama

181
IMDb Rating 7.1 10 148

Synopsis


Downloaded times
October 12, 2020

Director

Cast

720p.WEB 1080p.WEB
758.38 MB
1280*720
Japanese 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
83 min
P/S N/A / N/A
1.37 GB
1920×1080
Japanese 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
83 min
P/S N/A / N/A

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by MartinHafer 9 / 10 / 10

A huge improvement in the series!

In the first "Sleepy Eyes of Death" film, while I liked the characters, the film was a bit too slow and hard to get into. The third film also had its problems. While the plot was more action-filled and interesting, the hero, Nemuri Kyoshiro, was rather evil and unlikable (and a rapist). Fortunately, sandwiched between these two films is "Nemuri Kyoshiro 2: Shôbu"--a film that shows that this series can be just as satisfying and fun to watch as the Zatoichi series--two Japanese series from the 1960s that have a lot of similarities. The film begins with our impassive hero, Nemuri Kyoshiro wandering into a new town and stumbling into righting some more wrongs. While you'd never be able to tell by his blank expression, the swordsman feels sorry for a boy's plight and fights a duel to save the boy's honor and restore him to his rightful place. In the process, he meets a seemingly insignificant old man, Asashina and the two become friends--or at least as close to becoming friends as you'll see Nemuri Kyoshiro have! This affinity occurs because Asashina is that rare man in one of these Japanese films--a public official who is righteous and caring. It seems that Asashina doesn't care for the luxury and trappings of his job as the Finance Minister--so not dressing up and living and mixing with the "normal folks" is pretty typical for this atypical man. What is also atypical is that Asashina could care less about kissing up to the nobility--his number one concern is what's best for the people. Naturally, the rich and powerful hate the man and it soon becomes obvious someone is trying to kill him! I liked the part of the film that immediately follows, as Kyoshiro takes it upon himself to follow Asashina about--acting as a body guard. Yet, Asashina tells him to get lost and mind his own business! Later, in a funny twist, when assassins come after Kyoshira as well, Asashina begins following Kyoshira--to offer him his protection--though what a toothless old man can do, I have no idea! In fact, the relationship between these two men is what makes this an extraordinary film. Much of the film involves a spoiled and nasty daughter of the Shogun. She is one of the people who wants to see Asashina die. However, she is also a bit stupid and doesn't seem to realize that she is just being used by other forces that want his and Kyoshira's deaths. This plot within a plot makes for an interesting theme in the film. It also leads to some of the more amazing action scenes in the series. This film is definitely NOT as placid and slow as the previous one. Overall, I really liked this film due to an excellent supporting character (Asashina), a very interesting plot and plenty of action. Well worth watching--especially if you are like me and have seen all the Zatoichi films and are looking for something along the same lines.

Reviewed by jrd_73 / 10

Improves on the First Film

This second Kyoshiro Nemuri film improves on the first film in several ways. The series is still finding its footing, but Sword Of Adventure stands out in a way that Chinese Jade did not. First off the story is better. In this one, Nemuri befriends a financial counselor to the shogun. This well meaning old man is trying to help the poor during a time of hardship. The counselor wants to limit the profits the (rich) rice merchants can charge for their product. In addition, the old man has made an enemy out of one of the shogun's illegitimate daughters by suggesting that this high living princess should have her allowance cut. She (and the rich merchants) want the financial counselor dead. It is up to Nemuri to protect the old man, regardless of whether or not he wants Nemuri's protection. I found this plotline interesting throughout. The shogun's daughter ("Princess Pig" Nemuri calls her) is the series's first villainess. In fact, the film features three tricky females, the princess, a pickpocket in the opening scene, and a woman trying to free her imprisoned Christian missionary husband by setting up Nemuri. This last one provides the film's emotional core since she likes Nemuri and does not really want to see him dead. Oddly enough, this film probably has less action throughout than the first film did, but Sword of Adventure delivers at the end with an exciting many-against-Nemuri climax. Speaking of the ending, there is a wonderful coda after the battle. Nemuri must give bad news to a character. The two meet in a field at sunset. No dialogue is spoken, yet everything is revealed through a couple of looks. It is a powerful ending, that is the one thing I had remembered from my one viewing (without subtitles) twenty years ago. Sword of Adventure is not up there with the best of chanbara cinema. The film is a little slow in spots, although the ending more than makes up for it. Also, the actor who is the financial counselor plays his role broadly at times. These are minor complaints considering that Sword of Adventure stands as the first film in the series that I can recommend to non-fans.

Read more IMDb reviews

0 Comments

Be the first to leave a comment