© 1962 Kadokawa Pictures
  • Saturday, June 2, 22:30 German Film Museum
    (Tickets only available at the German Film Museum)
  • 斬る
  • Japan 1962, 35mm, 71 min, Japanese with English subtitles
  • Director: Kenji MISUMI
  • Script: Kaneto SHINDO based on a novel by Renzaburo SHIBATA
  • Camera: Shozo HONDA
  • Cast: Raizo ICHIKAWA, Shiho FUJIMURA, Mayumi NAGISA, Masayo BANRI, Junichiro NARITA
  • Production: Daiei Film
  • World sales: Kadokawa
  • Film copy: Japan Foundation
  • With an introduction by Tom Mes

After an initiatory voyage, young Shingo Takakura possesses the skill to prevail against his enemies with just a sword pose. Alas, this very power leads to conflicts that take the lives of those nearest to him. Devastated, Shingo turns his back on the world. But his extraordinary ability obliges him to serve as a samurai in midst of the political turmoil of the late Edo period. Based on a novel by Renzaburo SHIBATA, KIRU tells the story of a hero who is ultimately compelled to fulfill his duty.

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