Bushido: Samurai Saga (武士道残酷物語)
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The Iikura family has a long history of misfortune. Having the strict code of bushido (the way of the warrior), salaryman Susumu Iikura reflects on the appalling treatment of his lineage and the struggles of honour and identity. From the Tokugawa shogunate to 1960s Japan, this film shows the power of old values and social conventions can deprive individuals of joy and freedom. Imai does not compromise and orchestrates a relentless and grim tale of corruption and cruelty.

Bushido: Samurai Saga won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival in 1963 together with Italian entry, Il Diavolo.

Year: 1963
Film Format: 35mm; black and white
Rating: Under 15s must be accompanied by an adult.

In Japanese with English subtitles.


  • Director
    Tadashi Imai/
  • Producer
    Hiroshi Okawa/
  • Screenplay
    Naoyuki Suzuki/ Yoshikata Yoda/
  • Original Story
    Norio Nanjo/
  • Music
    Toshiro Mayuzumi/
  • Cast
    Kinnosuke Nakamura/ Eijiro Tono/ Masayuki Mori/

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