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Under the Banner of Samurai

Under the Banner of Samurai(1969)

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Brief Synopsis

Feudal Japan, 1543 to 1562. Kansuke Yamamoto is a samurai who dreams of a country united, peaceful from sea to sea. He enters the service of Takeda, the lord of Kai domain. He convinces Takeda to kill the lord of neighboring Suwa and take his wife as a concubine. He then convinces the widow, Princess Yu, to accept this arrangement and to bear Takeda a son. He pledges them his life. He then spends years using treachery, poetic sensibility, military and political strategy to expand Takeda's realm, advance the claim of Yu's son as the heir, and prepare for an ultimate battle with the forces of Echigo. Has Kansuke overreached? Are his dreams, blinded by love, too big?

Cast & Crew

Toshiro Mifune Kansuke Yamamoto
Kinnosuke Nakamura Shingen Takeda
Yoshiko Sakuma Princess Yufu
Kankuro Nakamura Katsuyori Takeda
Mayumi Ozora Princess Okoto
Ganemon Nakamura Mobukata Itagaki
Katsuo Nakamura Nobusato Itagaki
Masakazu Tamura Nobushige Takeda
Yujiro Ishihara Kenshin Uesugi
Kazuo Yamada Director of Photography
Shinobu Hashimoto Screenwriter
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Additional Details

MPAA Ratings:  Premiere Info:  Los Angeles showing: 25 Jun 1969
Release Date:  1969 Production Date:  none available
Color/B&W:  Color (Eastmancolor) Distributions Co:  Toho Co.
Sound:  Mono Production Co:  Mifune Productions
Duration(mins):  166 Country:  Japan
Duration(feet):  not available    
Duration(reels):  not available    

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