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Following the death of the second Tokugawa shogun, it is revealed that he was poisoned by retainers of his son Iemitsu in hopes of gaining him the shogunate despite the stammer and birthmark which undermine his respect. Iemitsu and his brother Tadanaga become bitter rivals for the shogunate, and the land is split into factions, eventually erupting into warfare. Iemitsu's mentor, his fencing instructor Yagyu, is fixated upon securing Iemitsu the shogunate and ends up betraying everyone, even his own family, in pursuit of the goal.

  1. Kinji Fukasaku

    Director, Writer

  2. Tatsuo Nogami


  3. Hirô Matsuda


Top Billed Cast

  1. Kinnosuke Nakamura

    Yagyu Tajima

  2. Sonny Chiba

    Sonny Chiba

    Jûbê Yagyû

  3. Hiroki Matsukata

    Hiroki Matsukata

    Iemitsu Tokugawa (Older Prince)

  4. Teruhiko Saigô

    Tadanaga Tokugawa (Younger Prince)

  5. Reiko Ôhara

    Okuni (Singer)

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The Shogun's Samurai
The Shogun's Samurai


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Original Title Yagyû ichizoku no inbô

Status Released

Release Information

  • December 7, 1984

Original Language English

Runtime 2h 10m

Budget -

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