Framed within the classic Japanese conflict between giri (feudal loyalty) and ninjo (human feeling) Samurai Rebellion finds ultimate value in the mutual love of a husband and and wife... a rare enough moral resolution in any Japanese warrior film. This is made even more unusual by the fact that the director Kobayashi was a Marxist critic of society, who might have regarded romantic love as a bourgeois luxury. Mifune played Isaburo Sasahara, a man who has spent his life of self abnegation in the service of his lord. A fine swordsman, his only equal is Tatewaki Asano, played by Nakadai. Unused to protesting against personal or social injustice, Sasahara is finally roused by his lord's seizure of his daughter in law. Not only is he brought into direct opposition with his own clan, but with his former friend, Asano.
Thought I was going to be really bored at first. It was so slow. But after a while the theme, the acting and the filming caught me up. It's inspiring - living in the UK where there is so much apathy about life, and oppression, it's wonderful to watch a film about people who have lived a long time under the thumb of injustice, and towed the line, then finding the ability to say no! There is more to life than keeping the status quo and keeping oneself alive. Wonderful acting and filming towards the end, and I couldn't help thinking it influenced the director of "The House of Flying Daggers" - I found the drama and the atmosphere similar. The quality is pretty bad but don't be put off by that