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Red Lion (1969)





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In this samurai tale, a brave warrior is told by the newly restored emperor that he must return to his home village and announce that there has been a tax cut. Unfortunately, it is a government ruse designed to ensure political control. When the warrior arrives in his home village, he discovers that it is being ruled by a wicked judge who has been forcing the people to pay incredibly heavy taxes. More trouble ensues leaving the warrior totally confused as to which side he should be one as neither seems to be very good. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi


Yunosuke Ito
as Magistrate
Shigeru Koyama
as Staff Chief Aragaki
Takahiro Tamura
as Sozo Sagara
No Terada
as Sanji
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the best samurai comedy ever made. mifune was as clever as he was in seven samurai playing a silly but effective samurai who ascends from farmer to savior. although the end was serious, the film blended drama and comedy well and made this a fun watch. excellent film.

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[img][/img] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white]Gonzo is an over zealous soldier in the newly anointed imperial army. Gonzo convinces a general to allow him to wear his headdress into his native town. Gonzo is sent into the town days before the army is scheduled to arrive. Despite bringing justice, peace, and freeing the woman from slavery, he still encounters doubters within the village. Gonzo must balance the moral of the village until the proof of his claims arrives.[/color][/size][/font] [size=3][font=Times New Roman][color=white] [/color][/font][/size] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white]“All I’m allowed to do is buff some horses asses.”[/color][/size][/font] [size=3][font=Times New Roman][color=white] [/color][/font][/size] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white]Okamoto Kihachi, director of Vengeance for Sale, Blood Type: Blue, Zatoichi vs. Yojimbo, The Sword of Doom, and Samurai Assassin, delivers Red Lion. Red Lion possesses an unusually charismatic main character. The samurai genre is usually based on characters with strong ethics, will, and discipline. They are usually quite and reserved individuals. Gonzo in Red Lion is anything but. He is not reserved, modest, or gun shy in any fashion. Gonzo’s character was portrayed masterfully by Mifune Toshiro (Seven Samurai, Yojimbo, and Incident at Blood Pass).[/color][/size][/font] [size=3][font=Times New Roman][color=white] [/color][/font][/size] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white]“Don’t you men have any balls at all?”[/color][/size][/font] [size=3][font=Times New Roman][color=white] [/color][/font][/size] [size=3][font=Times New Roman][color=white]The uniting of the town people during the conclusion, the music playing for the DVD main menu, the “I’ll cut off your weenies” conversation with the children, the “wallet collector” introduction, the loan documents scene, the falling from the tree reference, the deputy as the bull scene, the towns folks getting surrounded by the white lions in the woods scene, and the mother’s “commander” speech were amongst my favorite portions of the film. [/color][/font][/size] [size=3][font=Times New Roman][/font][/size][size=3][font=Times New Roman][color=white] [/color][/font][/size] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white]“…and I happen to be at the head of the army…basically.”[/color][/size][/font] [size=3][font=Times New Roman][color=white] [/color][/font][/size] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white]The landscapes and scenery were portrayed magnificently. AnimEigo always does a fabulous job of restoring these old (1969) samurai dramas. Red Lion is no exemption to the remastered works recreated by AnimEigo. The films only negative aspect is the lack of action sequences. Samurai dramas always have limited actions scenes; but Red Lion as well as Incident at Blood Pass, reserves all its action sequences for the final scene. The film does not bore due to Gonzo being a fabulous character. It could have been better.[/color][/size][/font] [size=3][font=Times New Roman][color=white] [/color][/font][/size] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white]“It’s OK! It’s OK! Nevermind!”[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white][/color][/size][/font] [font='Times New Roman'][color=white]Grade: B-[/color][/font]

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