Tag Archives: Isamu Nagato

Yasushi Kikuchi & Kôki Matsuno – Zoku Dojo Yaburi: Mondo Muyo AKA Dojo Challengers 2: Samurai from Somewhere (1964)

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This brilliant motion picture is also based on the writings of Yamamoto Shugoro. It tells the story of Young Lord Takenaka who stands to succeed his father until a series of violent actions lead his retainers to think that he has gone mad with blood-lust. Never offering any explanation, he continues his seemingly unprovoked attacks until he is sent away from his domain. The secondary title “Mondo Muyo” translates roughly as “no need for questions and answers” or in effect “Don’t waste your breath asking why”. There is superb action throughout and regardless of his bloody actions, Takenaka presents a sympathetic persona. The grand finale brings the reasons for his crimes out as a revelation unlike anything ever seen in a samurai film. This is Japanese cinema at its finest. Read More »

Seijun Suzuki – Chin Shun-shin no “Shinju no tsume” AKA Chin Shun-shin’s “The Claws of the Divine Beast” (1980)

Based on a mystery by Taiwanese-Japanese author Chin Shun-shin. After two elderly men in Yokohama quarrel over a Yang dynasty artifact, one of the men turns up dead with mysterious claw marks across his face. A detective takes up the case, and uncovers secrets dating back to war crimes committed during Japan’s invasion of China in WWII. Read More »