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Plenty of action for the samurai film set, and the intelligent story and character development is a plus.
Lone, honorable samurai embarks on vengeful mission to stop corrupt rival samurai. He stoicly rejects the love of his faithful woman, picks up a good-natured sidekick and a couple of comic tagalongs, and slices through hordes of minions to get to the stark, lonely final showdown. Sound familiar? Goyokin doesn't do a lot to distinguish itself from dozens of similar stories, but it's done well. Entertaining (despite some slow pacing) with some really nice images along the way.
[font=Century Gothic]"Goyokin" starts in 1831 as a clan steals gold from a shipwrecked boat that was intended for the shogunate. In order to cover their trail, they kill everybody in a nearby fishing village. Unbeknowst to them, there is an eyewitness(Ruriko Asaoka). Magobei Wakizaka(Tatsuya Nakadai), a high ranking samurai, is so disgusted at what he sees that he leaves his old life behind, including his wife Shino(Yoko Tsukasa) and her brother Rokugo Tatewaki(Tetsuro Tamba). Three years later, Magobei has hit rock bottom, working at a carnival where assassins try to kill him.[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]"Goyokin" is an atmospheric samurai film with great set pieces, set at the end of an era.(To mark this, there is a brief display of firearms.) In trying to desperately stave off the inevitable, the clan is doing the unthinkable by resorting to theft and murder. So, the ends never justify the means, right?[/font]
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