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1969

Hikenyaburi

Broken Swords

秘剣破り

Release Date
May, 31st, 1969
Running Time
90 min
Genre
Feature
Color
Color
Screening Format
-,HDCAM SR
Screen Size
Cinema Scope (1:2.35)

[ Directed by ]

[ Produced by ]

[ Cast ]

[ Staff ]

[ Production Company ]

DAIEI

[ Distributor (Japan) ]

DAIEI

[ Story ]

The Genroku Era in the seventeenth century was one of the most colorful periods when the arts and literature flourished while political morals deteriorated. Blessed with peace, the people became more and more extravagant, wearing gorgeous kimono and surrounding themselves with elaborate personal belongings.
A shining exception to these easy-going times are Tenzen Tange (Hiroki Matsukata) and Yasubei Nakayama (Kojiro Hongo), two young samurai who belong to different fencing schools but are already outstanding swordsmen. They first meet when Yasubei goes to Takada-no-Baba to avenge his uncle, trapped and killed by thirty-six men. Single-handed, Yasubei kills them all.
The samurai Yasubei killed were of Tenzen's fencing school, so Tenzen is expelled for not having helped them. Yasubei is also expelled, for according to the samurai code both parties are to blame in a private feud.
Lord Asano and Lord Uesugi, two powerful daimyo, send messengers to sound out Yasubei. But he is undecided until he meets Chiharu (Tomomi lwai), the beautiful sister of Ryonoshin Nagao (Shigeru Tsuyuguchi), a Uesugi retainer. Yasubei has never been attracted to girls but it is love at first sight and so he decides to serve Lord Uesugi.
Then, to his sorrow, Yasubei learns that Chiharu is Tenzen's fiancée. Broken-hearted, he becomes Lord Asano's vassal. Little does he know that they will become involved in one of the greatest tragedies to rock Japan…

【Quoted from Unijapan Film Quarterly 1969.12.3】

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