Kill!

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Kiru
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Directed by Kihachi Okamoto
Produced by Tomoyuki Tanaka
Written by Shūgorō Yamamoto
Akira Murao
Kihachi Okamoto
Starring Tatsuya Nakadai
Etsushi Takahashi
Naoko Kubo
Shigeru Kōyama
Music by Masaru Satō
Cinematography Rokuro Nishigaki
Distributed by Toho Company Ltd.
Release date(s) June 22, 1968 (Japanese release)
Running time 115 min.
Language Japanese

Kill! (斬る Kiru?) is a 1968 film directed by Kihachi Okamoto,[1] written by Akira Murao, Kihachi Okamoto, and Shūgorō Yamamoto and starring Tatsuya Nakadai.

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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.[2]

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