Incident at Blood Pass (1970)
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Critic Reviews for Incident at Blood Pass
Terrific plotting, marvelous music and Toshiro Mifune.
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Audience Reviews for Incident at Blood Pass
They say many samurai/ronin films are influenced by American Westerns, and Machibuse definitely feels like one. It's even got the same kind of corny score (except the marvelous drumming scenes). Nothing particularly special, but entertaining. Mifune seems to be phoning it in a little.
one of mifune's portrayals of the character yojimbo. certainly not as good as the versions directed by kurosawa, but mifune obviously knows this character. this is a solid film with a great and unexpected twist.
[img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/movie/coverv/96/248996.jpg[/img] [font=Verdana][color=#000000]A nameless ronin (Yojimbo) accepts an assignment to go to the now legendary “mountain pass” and wait…for something, he knows not what exactly. On his way to the mountain he discovers a wife being tied and beaten by her husband. Yojimbo rescues her, and she accompanies him to an inn, where Yojimbo leaves her to start a new life. Yojimbo later returns to the inn, where there is now a collection of abstract characters. This group includes a thief who was wrongfully banished from his tribe, a doctor who works for the innkeeper in some sort of illegal activities, and a gang set on stealing shogunate gold that's soon to come over the pass. When the Ronin's assignment becomes clear, to help the gang steal the gold, he's ordered to kill the inn's residents including the woman he rescued. He's reluctant to murder innocent people, reluctant to trust his new associates, and believes there may be a double cross in the works. Yojimbo is forced to rely on his burdened samurai heart to sort out the correct path. Hiroshi Inagaki, director of the Samurai trilogy, directs Incident at Blood Pass, his final work. Inagak focuses primarily on the plot and story line. Action is the last thing on his mind. That may explain why there is two total fight scenes, both at the very end of the film. I still enjoyed Incident at Blood Pass; however, it was nothing like I expected. Incident at Blood Pass has two of the greatest samurai movie actors ever. Yojimbo (Toshirô Mifune), and Zatoichi's Shintarô Katsu, as Gentetsu. I was extremely excited to see two characters in the same movie. Nevertheless, Gentetsu has the best fighting scene, and is in only one. Yojimbo, the main character, is in one fight scene right before the ending credits. That is it for the action. There was a reluctant love story, dramatic music, and the snow effects made for nice cinema. See Incident at Blood Pass for the story and cinematography. Do not watch this film hoping for action or any type of a samurai classic film. It is all right, worth viewing once, but not as good as the Zatoichi movies, or the Lone Wolf and Cub series. Grade: C[/color][/font]
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