Sasuke and His Comedians

Film, Action and adventure

Time Out says

This, er, unorthodox account of the 1615 siege of Osaka Castle is a batty mix of cartoon historiography (characters representing real life figures are captioned on first appearance), political satire (the whole thing is a commentary on the fate of the early 1960s student movement) and psychedelic visual effects (the laddish protagonists are guided by the ninja Sasuke, whose exposure as an infant to a glowing blue meteorite gave him supernatural powers). Toei almost fired Kato for making it, but it's become a minor cult favourite in Japan. Very much of its time, it holds up as a rueful, dreamlike account of the shortcomings of revolutionary idealism.


Release details

100 mins

Cast and crew

Tai Kato
Yoshiyuki Fukuda, Ryunosuke Ono, Fumio Konami
Kinnosuke Nakamura
Misako Watanabe
Hitoshi Omae
Kei Sato
Fujio Tokita
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