The Fort of Death (Japanese Cinema 1960s)
Part of the Japanese Cinema 1960s series co-presented with the Japan Foundation.
Dir. Eiichi Kudo. 1969.
97 min. 35mm. Color.
In Japanese with English subtitles.
Peasants in a village hire a bounty hunter to rebel against a shogun who exploits them for money in order to remodel an Edo castle. The bounty hunter summons his fellow fighters to join the fight. What ensues is an epic battle involving samurai, ninjas, powerful guns, and cannons. Growing up in a family that ran a horse breeding business, director Kudo has proved particularly adept at choreographing action sequences, making this Japanese version of a B-Western especially enthralling. Toei Co., Ltd.
'[Kudo is] an extraordinary stylist .... To call him a skilled action director is to understate the power of his set-pieces.''Henry Sheehan
This project was supported in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.