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Samurai Rebellion

上意討ち 拝領妻始末

Directed by Masaki Kobayashi
Japan, 1967
Drama, History


The mother of a feudal lord’s only heir is kidnapped away from her husband by the lord. The husband and his samurai father must decide whether to accept the unjust decision, or risk death to get her back.

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Samurai Rebellion Directed by Masaki Kobayashi

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

1967 | Winner: FIPRESCI Prize

BFI London Film Festival

1967 | Winner: Sutherland Trophy

Kinema Junpo Awards

1968 | 3 wins including: Best Film

Standing out in both Kobayashi’s career and samurai cinema more broadly, Samurai Rebellion is a rare treat. It somehow feels specifically situated while simultaneously timeless and universal. The film’s commentary on social and political power dynamics still resonates today.
June 30, 2016
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In Samurai Rebellion, Kobayashi took his study of the individual against society as far as he could, and enriched it by refusing to restrict himself to the manly world of sword fights. By focusing on family, and particularly on women in family roles, he widened his subject and heightened its emotional potential.
October 24, 2005
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Mifune has a compelling screen presence and is able to effectively navigate the many shifts, from loyal retainer to hen pecked husband, proud father and devoted friend. He also imbues Sasahara with a kind of grim determination that makes believable the final transition from loyal retainer to outraged father. Added to this there is a sadness to Sasahara’s stand that is highlighted by the inevitable clash with his friend Tatewaki (Tatsuya Nakadai).
October 04, 2002
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