Samurai Spy

Samurai Spy

Directed by Masahiro Shinoda • 1965 • Japan

Years of warfare end in a Japan unified under the Tokugawa shogunate, and samurai spy Sasuke Sarutobi, tired of conflict, longs for peace. When a high-ranking spy named Tatewaki Koriyama defects from the shogun to a rival clan, however, the world of swordsmen is thrown into turmoil. After Sasuke is unwittingly drawn into the conflict, he tracks Tatewaki, while a mysterious, white-hooded figure seems to hunt them both. By tale's end, no one is who they seemed to be, and the truth is far more personal than anyone suspected. Director Masahiro Shinoda's Samurai Spy, filled with clan intrigue, ninja spies, and multiple double crosses, marks a bold stylistic departure from swordplay film convention.

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Samurai Spy
  • Samurai Spy

    Directed by Masahiro Shinoda • 1965 • Japan

    Years of warfare end in a Japan unified under the Tokugawa shogunate, and samurai spy Sasuke Sarutobi, tired of conflict, longs for peace. When a high-ranking spy named Tatewaki Koriyama defects from the shogun to a rival clan, however, the world of ...

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  • Masahiro Shinoda on SAMURAI SPY

    In this video interview with Masahiro Shinoda, recorded in Tokyo in 2005, the director discusses his beginnings in filmmaking, the influence of such directors as Yasujiro Ozu and Kenji Mizoguchi on his work, and the style he used in SAMURAI SPY.