Sleepy Eyes of Death: Sword of Adventure (1964) Kenji Misumi

Sleepy Eyes of Death: Sword of Adventure (1964)
aka Nemuri Kyoshiro 2: Shôbu
Genre: Samurai Drama
Country: Japan | Director: Kenji Misumi
Language: Japanese | Subtitles: English (Optional, embedded in Mkv file)
Aspect ratio: Cinemascope 2.35:1 | Length: 84mn
Dvdrip H264 Mkv - 844x352 - 23.976fps - 1.64gb

The second installment in one of the most popular chambara series along with Zatoichi is directed by Kenji Misumi, a contractor for Daiei studios at the time, who would later go on to achieve orgasmic levels of comic-book violence with Lone Wolf and Cub. Playing the titular character is Raizo Ichikawa who collaborated with Misumi in his Daibosatsu Toge trilogy from 1961, Satan's Sword.

Nemuri Kyoshiro is a shady figure, as much an outcast of society as his genre antecedent (Sanjuro) but with a different and darker mentality. In Sword of Adventure he tries to protect a financial adviser working for the Shogunate, whose strict policies have incurred the wrath of one of the Shogun's daughters and rich merchants. An assortment of murderers, bribed, paid or blackmailed for the cause, assemble and take their shots at Nemuri. This is a genre film with a serialized character so there is little doubt to the outcome of the duels. Those are nicely stylized and executed and the cinematography and camera-work are all an improvement on Satan's Sword, as is Raizo Ichikawa's performance. I'm not a big fan of his work, his look and mannerisms somehow effeminate and not as scruffy and savage looking as those of Mifune or Wakayama, but he brings a sardonic joy to his character that works within the context of the movie.  

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1 Response to "Sleepy Eyes of Death: Sword of Adventure (1964) Kenji Misumi"

  1. ido says:

    Awww yeah!!!! Directed by Misumi Kenji, so you know it will be good! The duels in this one are especially excellent!!!

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