|Directed by||Kihachi Okamoto|
|Produced by||Tomoyuki Tanaka|
|Written by||Shugoro Yamamoto
|Music by||Masaru Sato|
|Distributed by||Toho Company Ltd.|
|Release dates||June 22, 1968 (Japanese release)|
|Running time||115 min.|
- Tatsuya Nakadai .... Genta (Hyodo Yagenta)
- Etsushi Takahashi .... Hanji (Hanjiro Tabata)
- Naoko Kubo .... Tetsutaro Oikawa
- Shigeru Kôyama .... Ayuzawa
- Akira Kubo .... Monnosuke Takei
- Seishiro Kuno .... Daijiro Masataka
- Tadao Nakamaru .... Shoda Magobei
- Eijirô Tono .... Moriuchi Hiyogo
- Isao Hashimoto .... Konosuke Fujii
- Yoshio Tsuchiya .... Matsuo Shiroku
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 Hanjiro 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 Tetsutaro Oikawa (Naoko Kubo) rebelled with the support of their superior, Ayuzawa (Shigeru Kôyama), 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 Shugoro 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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