|Directed by||Hiroshi Inagaki|
|Produced by||Hiroshi Inagaki
|Written by||Shinobu Hashimoto
Yasushi Inoue (novel)
|Music by||Masaru Satô|
Samurai Banners (風林火山 Fūrin Kazan?) is a Japanese samurai drama film released in 1969. It was directed by Hiroshi Inagaki and is based on the life of the famous Sengoku-era battle strategist, Yamamoto Kansuke.
Yamamoto Kansuke (Toshiro Mifune) is a general of warlord Takeda Shingen (Yorozuya Kinnosuke), whose titular red banners are his trademark. Yamamoto has a ruthless but effective approach to battle and politics, and advises Takeda Shingen on almost everything he does, including the assassination of Suwa Yorishige (Akihiko Hirata). Of Lord Suwa's household, Princess Yu (Yoshiko Sakuma) refuses to commit suicide, and the film comes to center on a love triangle between the lord, his general, and the princess.
The movie ends with the fourth Battle of Kawanakajima, in which Yamamoto erroneously believes his battle tactics have failed and commits a pincer attack, but is killed in action before the battle is won.
- Toshiro Mifune - Kansuke Yamamoto
- Yoshiko Sakuma - Princess Yufu
- Yorozuya Kinnosuke - Shingen Takeda
- Yujiro Ishihara - Kenshin Uesugi
- Katsuo Nakamura - Nobusato Itagaki
- Nakamura Kanzaburō - Katsuyori Takeda
- Kan'emon Nakamura - Nobukato Itagaki
- Masakazu Tamura - Nobushige Takeda
- Mayumi Ozora - Princess Okoto
- Ken Ogata
- Takashi Shimura
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