The Magoichi Saga
- Release Date
- November, 1st, 1969
- Running Time
- 105 min
- Screening Format
- Screen Size
- Cinema Scope (1:2.35)
[ Directed by ]
[ Cast ]
[ Staff ]
- SHIBA Ryotaro ── Original Story
- KIKUSHIMA Ryuzo ── Screenplay
- SATO Masaru ── Music
[ Production Company ]
[ Distributor (Japan) ]
[ Story ]
During the civil wars Lord Nobunaga Oda (Shintaro Katsu) finally gains control over almost the entire country. But there are still many watching for a chance to overthrow him.
So Magoichi Saika (Kinnosuke Nakamura) and his 3000 gunners are made much of by the war lords. Tokichiro Kinoshita (Katsuo Nakamura), a vassal of Lord Nobunaga who later becomes Shogun, thinks that Magoichi's help can make or break his lord and decides to do everything in his power to induce Magoichi to fight on their side.
He learns that Magoichi is looking for a girl he met in Kyoto the year before on a visit to Kiyomizu Temple. Although he could not see her face due to the veil she wore, he had been attracted to her beautiful, white bare feet and fell in love with her on the spot. He was told that she was the sister of Lord Nobunaga.
Lord Nobunaga has no sisters but he orders Kinoshita to take advantage of Magoichi's mistake and have him see Princess Kano (Yoko Namikawa), his distant relative. Overjoyed with the promise of winning the Princess, Magoichi joins Lord Nobunaga's army and distinguishes himself, but finally discovers that he had been fooled.
In a black rage, Magoichi turns against Nobunaga and promises the priest-warriors of Honganji Temple to help them. In those days, the temples had an almost fanatical influence over the people. They stand in Nobunaga's way in controlling the country and he decides to destroy the Honganji to prove that he is more powerful than priests.
To Magoichi, helping the priests means getting even with Nobunaga. Moreover, he finds the very girl he had been seeking. She is Komichi (Komaki Kurihara), sister of Priest Shinsho (Kojiro Hongo) of the Honganji Temple. Magoichi's struggle continues until the day Nobunaga is killed by Mitsuhide Akechi, his own vassal, at Honnoji Temple.
【Quoted from the database of Kadokawa Corporation】
【Quoted from Unijapan Film Quarterly 1970.13.1】
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