|Directed by||Kihachi Okamoto|
|Produced by||Tomoyuki Tanaka|
|Written by||Shūgorō Yamamoto
|Music by||Masaru Satō|
|Distributed by||Toho Company Ltd.|
|Release date(s)||June 22, 1968 (Japanese release)|
|Running time||115 min.|
- Tatsuya Nakadai .... Genta (Hyōdō Yagenta)
- Etsushi Takahashi .... Hanji (Hanjirō Tabata)
- Naoko Kubo .... Tetsutarō Oikawa
- Shigeru Kōyama .... Ayuzawa
- Akira Kubo .... Monnosuke Takei
- Seishirō Kuno .... Daijirō Masataka
- Tadao Nakamaru .... Shōda Magobei
- Eijirō Tōno .... Moriuchi Hyōgo
- Isao Hashimoto .... Konosuke Fujii
- Yoshio Tsuchiya .... Matsuo Shiroku
- Hideyo Amamoto .... Shimada Gendaiu
Tatsuya Nakadai stars as Genta, a former samurai who became disillusioned with the samurai lifestyle and left it behind to become a wandering yakuza (gang) member. He meets Hanjirō Tabata (Etsushi Takahashi) a farmer who wants to become a samurai to escape his powerless existence. Genta and Tabata wind up on opposite sides of clan intrigue when seven members of a local clan assassinate their chancellor. Although the seven, led by Tetsutarō Oikawa (Naoko Kubo) rebelled with the support of their superior, Ayuzawa (Shigeru Kōyama), he turns on them and sends members of the clan to kill them as outlaws.
The film is a comically exaggerated exploration of what it is to be a samurai. The characters in the movie either give up samurai status or fight to attain it, and samurai are seen behaving both honorably and very badly. The film has a parodic tone, with numerous references to earlier samurai films.
- Kill! is based on Shūgorō Yamamoto's novel Peaceful Days, the same source as for Akira Kurosawa's Sanjuro.
- Kill! at the Internet Movie Database
- Criterion Collection essay by Howard Hampton
- Criterion Collection essay by Chris D.
- "斬る (Kiru)" (in Japanese). Japanese Movie Database. Retrieved 2007-07-18.
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