Samurai Assassin (1965)

Genres - Action  |   Sub-Genres - Samurai Film  |   Run Time - 123 min.  |   Countries - Japan  |  
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A ronin seeking to redeem his wandering status by gaining entry into one of the great houses takes part in a plot to assassinate a Shogunate Elder in this classic tale of swordplay directed by Okamoto Kihachi, starring Toshiro Mifune, and based on actual events. Niiro Tsuruchiyo (Mifune) is a samurai without a master, though he longs to gain the status and respect of a true warrior. Fate has never been particularly kind to this steady handed swordsman, and now, as he waits at the gates of Edo Castle on a chilly morning in March of 1860 and the snow begins to fall, he is about to discover just how fragile life can truly be.

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Samurai, assassination, swordsman, warrior, conflict, aristocracy, master [expert], minister, royalty, sword, palace