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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.
Film Format: 35mm; black and white
Rating: Under 15s must be accompanied by an adult.
In Japanese with English subtitles.