Kill!

Japan Release: 1968
Running Time:
115 minutes

Kill!


Japanese Title

 斬る
[Kiru]

Distributor: Production:

Toho
Toho

In 1833, two wandering ronin, "Genta" and "Hanji", venture to Yochi around the same time. They come seeking to offer their services in exchange for food and lodging, having heard that the yakuza there are seeking hired muscle. Unfortunately, the town is devastated due to the yakuza leading the local peasants to riot, resulting in their death along with the execution of the yakuza boss. Not long after arriving, the ronin meet a gang of samurai looking to assassinate their own chief vassal, Sachu Mizoguchi, whose corruption caused the riots. The samurai act without confirmed approval from their chamberlain, slaying the chief vassal. As it turns out, though, their lord in Edo only wanted Mizoguchi to suffer home confinement for his corruption. While this occurs, the ronin have split up as "Genta" acts as a messenger on the samurai's behalf. "Genta" is tasked with relaying the news to the samurai's superior, who in turn hires "Hanji" to kill "Genta". The two ronin corroborate, though, to report the death of "Genta" without actually killing him, all the while uncovering a larger scheme to eliminate the gang of samurai...

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Titles

International Title

Kill!

Initial US Title

Kill!
US Distributor: Frank Lee International (1969) / Time: 115 minutes

Alternate Titles

Kill
[Literal translation]

Kill, the Fortress of the Samurai
[French Title]


Staff

Cast

Directed by Kihachi Okamoto
Writing credits Kihachi Okamoto, Akira Murao, Shugoro Yamamoto
Produced by Tomoyuki Tanaka
Music by Masaru Sato
Cinematography by Rokuro Nishigaki
Film Editing by Yoshitami Kuroiwa
Production Design by Hiroyasu Tsutsumi, Iwao Akune
Assistant Director Kunihiko Watanabe
Wataru "Genta" Hyodo Tatsuya Nakadai
Hanjiro "Hanji" Tabata Etsushi Takahashi
Tetsutaro Oikawa, Samurai Atsuo Nakamura
Monnosuke Takei, Samurai Akira Kubo
Chino Kajii Yuriko Hoshi
Magobei Shoda, Samurai Tadao Nakamaru
Tamiya Ayuzawa, Samurai's Superior Shigeru Koyama
Hyogo Moriuchi, Chamberlain Eijiro Tono
Jurota Arao Shin Kishida
Yo "Oyo" Nami Tamura
Gendayu Shimada Hideyo Amamoto
Shinroku Matsuo, Messenger Yoshio Tsuchiya
Konosuke Fujii, Samurai Isao Hashimoto
Denzo Nishimura, Samurai Akira Hamada
Yaheiji Yoshida Takeo Chii
Daijiro Masataka, Samurai Seishiro Kuno
Busuke Ben Hiura
Kinsaburo Ayuzawa Susumu Kurobe
Doshin, Monk Masao Imafuku
Tomi Emiko Suzuki
Kisuke Yasuzo Ogawa
Sachu Mizoguchi, Chief Vassal Ryosuke Kagawa
Guard Wataru Omae
Banto Haruo Suzuki
Ayuzawa's Vassal Yu Sekita
Injured Ronin Hiroshi Hasegawa, Shin Ibuki
Ronin Yutaka Nakayama, Chotaro Togin
- Ryoji Shimizu
- Masaki Shinohara
- Koji Uruki
- Hiroshi Tanaka
- Koji Asakawa
- Kanzo Uni
- Minoru Ito
- Rinsaku Ogata
- Yukihiko Gondo
- Koichi Sato

DVDs and Blu-rays

United States Region 1 Kill! Criterion (2005) Order
Japan Region 2 Kill! Toho (2007)  

Background and Trivia

  • Based on Shugoro Yamamoto's novel Peaceful Days, which was at one time considered for an adaption in 1960 as Peaceful Days before eventually becoming Akira Kurosawa's Sanjuro (1962).