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(aka 'Yagyű ichizoku no inbô" or "Intrigue of the Yagyu Clan" or "The Shogun's Samurai" or "The Yagyu Conspiracy" or "Yagyu Clan Conspiracy")

directed by Kinji Fukasaku
Japan 1978


  This film offers the most extraordinary battle sequences in any chambara (samurai film).

- Japanese Cinema Essentials Handbook


This is nirvana for Samurai film fans combining Sonny Chiba, Toshiro Mifune, Etsuko Shiomi, Henry Sanada and Kinji Fukasaku. It is beautifully shot, an engaging story, magnificent action sequences. Too much!

Following the death of the Shogunate, it becomes evident that his death was no accident. He was poisoned because he wanted his eldest som to be heir to the throne. A war between the eldest... and the younger brother erupts. Warriors take sides swearing devotion to their respective lords. Behind the scenes pulling the strings is the Yuga Family. Will power be restored to the throne?
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Gary W. Tooze

Theatrical Release: December 7th, 1978

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DVD Review: Ventura Distribution - Region 1 - NTSC

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Distribution Ventura Distribution - Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 2:09:44
Video 2.40:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.9 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s  

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0 Dolby)
Subtitles English, None

Release Information:
Studio: Ventura Distribution

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Edition Details:

• 2 Teaser Trailers, 1 Theatrical trailer in 16X9 widescreen

• 2 page liner notes by Patrick Macias

DVD Release Date: August 17th, 2004

Transparent Keep Case
Chapters: 16




What a treat! - HD-sourced and looking perfect in the 2.40 widescreen. Colors are muted, great contrast, sharp, this is all very good folks. The only area of lacking is in the extra department - 3 trailers and some liner notes. Solid audio as well with a clear original 2.0 track. Ohhh, I don't like the color of the subtitles (nitpicker). Super action sequences and I can't remember them looking any better... in any DVD. Beautiful film and beautiful DVD transfer.  out of         

Gary W. Tooze


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