Friday, September 2 at 7 pm
Kihachi Okamoto’s darkly satirical chambara opens in the midst of a pummeling windstorm on the outskirts of a ravaged village where two swordsmen—a farmer hoping to reputable samurai and a former samurai who has taken on the yakuza life—accidentally become embroiled in a plot to assassinate the local clan leader. Exaggerated and poking fun at the genre’s oft-repeated tropes, Okamoto’s Kill! is a wickedly entertaining take on the same novel that inspired Kurosawa’s Sanjuro.
Dir. Kihachi Okamoto, 1968, 114 min, 35mm, b&w, in Japanese with English subtitles. With Tatsuya Nakadai, Etsushi Takahashi, Yuriko Hoshi.
Image: © 1968 Toho Co. Ltd
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