Shinsengumi (1969 film)

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Shinsengumi: Assassins of Honor
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Directed by Tadashi Sawashima
Produced by Hiroshi Inagaki
Toshiro Mifune
Yoshio Nishikawa
Written by Kenro Matsûra
Starring Toshiro Mifune
Keiju Kobayashi
Kinya Kitaoji
Rentarō Mikuni
Yoko Tsukasa
Distributed by Mifune Productions Co. Ltd.
Toho Company
Release date
December 5, 1969 (Japan)
Running time
122 min
Language Japanese

Shinsengumi (新撰組?, AKA Shinsengumi: Assassins of Honor or Band of Assassins) is a 1969 Japanese jidaigeki film.

The true story of the end of the Shogunate, the tragedy of the Shinsengumi is one of the best loved stories of Japanese history and has been adapted many times on stage, screen, television, and anime. This film, starring Toshiro Mifune with an all-star cast, stands out as one of the definitive adaptations of this classic tale.

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Near the end of the nineteenth century, as the balance of power shifts from Shogunate towards the Emperor, Japan restlessly awaits the dawning of a new age. But not all are content.

The Shinsengumi, a small army of samurai, farmers and peasants, band together to do battle against the tide of history. Their leader, Isami Kondo (Mifune), is a man who rises from farmer to fighter to head the fierce Shinsengumi brigade. Using a stern hand and a heart of gold, he rallies his men in defense of the tottering Shogunate. But bloodshed and treachery lurk around every corner.


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