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Sasuke and His Comedians

  • Film

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.
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Release Details

  • Duration:100 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Tai Kato
  • Screenwriter:Yoshiyuki Fukuda, Ryunosuke Ono, Fumio Konami
  • Cast:
    • Kinnosuke Nakamura
    • Misako Watanabe
    • Hitoshi Omae
    • Kei Sato
    • Fujio Tokita
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