Re: Sword of Doom
- --- In email@example.com, "Noel Vera" <noelbotevera@y...>
"Okay, I remember now--Geoffrey O'Brien's essay for the Criterion
Collection. Also mentions that Ryunosuke goes on as a blind man who
I didn't read the novel, but in the Ichikawa version he does live and
has only one eye. My bad memory combined the plots.
The Shinsengumi were pledged to defend the Shogun (the old regime)so
they were reactionaries, and when Ryunosuke changed sides he had his
shot at redemption.
Okamoto made an entire movie about the Sakurada Gate Incident
in the title card with Mifune,"Samurai"/"Samurai Assasin." It's one
his best and quite bleak. And in a movie titled "Shinsengumi" Mifune
"...I should have said Ryunosuke had a standing in the community and
his life started to go to hell after the match/duel."
His life started to go to hell when he deviated from the rules of his
fencing school in order to become invincible (the scene with his
father.) He lost his social standing when he defied the judges after
Paul Schrader was much enamoured of the Uchida version and recycled
ending in "Taxi Driver," "Rolling Thunder," "The Yakuza" and