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Toshir˘ Mifune  

 

AKAGE

Also known as "Red Lion"

 

Toho International, Inc., 1969.  Directed by Kihachi Okamoto.  Camera:  Takao Saito.  With Toshir˘ Mifune, Etsushi Takahashi, Shigeru Koyama, No Terada, Shima Iwashita, Yunosuke Ito, Tokue Hanazawa, Takahiro Tamura, Kaai Okada, Nobuko Otowa, Jitsuko Yoshimura, Yuko Mochizuki.

Gonzo (Mifune Toshiro), a Robin Hood-like figure, shows up in his home town after several years' absence wearing a red wig like those worn by leaders of the imperial army. The son of a farmer, Gonzo has returned in supposed honor as a leader of the revolutionary imperial army, overthrowing the power of the Tokugawa shogunate and restoring power to the Emperor. Conflict and comedy result as Gonzo's military prowess and connection to the imperial army are called into question.

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