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Bloody Spear at Mount Fuji (1955)

Chiyari Fuji (original title)
Not Rated | | Adventure, Drama | 27 February 1955 (Japan)
A samurai travels to Edo with his two servants. On their way, they meet many people and encounter great injustice.

Director:

Tomu Uchida
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Cast

Credited cast:
Chiezô Kataoka Chiezô Kataoka ... Gonpachi
Ryûnosuke Tsukigata
Chizuru Kitagawa Chizuru Kitagawa
Yuriko Tashiro Yuriko Tashiro ... Otane
Daisuke Katô ... Genta
Eitarô Shindô
Toranosuke Ogawa
Kyôji Sugi Kyôji Sugi
Yoshio Yoshida
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harue Akagi Harue Akagi
Ryûtarô Aoyagi Ryûtarô Aoyagi
Koji Arima Koji Arima
Mitsuo Asano Mitsuo Asano
Tominosuke Hayama Tominosuke Hayama
Hideo Higashi Hideo Higashi
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A samurai travels to Edo with his two servants. On their way, they meet many people and encounter great injustice.

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Genres:

Adventure | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

27 February 1955 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

A Bloody Spear on Mount Fuji See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Toei Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The child actor, Motoharu Ueki, who plays the little orphan boy who hero-worships the spear carrier Gonpachi, as well as the child actress, Chie Ueki, portraying the shamisen player's daughter who performs a dance parodying Gonpachi, were both children of the film's star, Chiezô Kataoka, who plays Gonpachi. See more »

Goofs

Near the end of the movie, a barrel of some liquid was pierced by a spear. The barrel keeps spilling liquid for several minutes, but does not have enough volume to hold that much liquid. See more »

Connections

Remake of A Traveller's Journey of Sorrow (1927) See more »

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A Bloody Spear On Mount Fuji (Tomu Uchida, 1955) ***
10 January 2009 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

I had never heard of Japanese director Tomu Uchida prior to reading about a retrospective held at London's National Film Theatre in December 2007 but, my interest ignited, I quickly landed this film in my collection. What we have here, essentially, is a tragicomic road movie: the narrative – about a pilgrimage to the titular landmark by a disgraced samurai (prone to violent drunken binges) and his two dim-witted warrior-servants – rambles amiably along in a leisurely and mostly droll vein until the unexpected and electrifyingly bloodthirsty finale. Through the striking use of sweeping camera movement and fast cutting, we are introduced to the trio of protagonists and the major supporting characters right from the very first sequence; the comic highlight comes around the midpoint when an abandoned boy (who joined their party after befriending the lancer) disrupts a solemn tea-drinking ceremony enacted by three noblemen in an open field while naturally relieving himself in the nearby bushes. The second half grows more somber with the episodes of the capture of a notorious tattooed thief disguised as a pilgrim and an old man forced to sell off his daughter as collateral for a measly loan. Nothing however really prepares us for the remarkably 'clumsy' climax (this is no choreographed ballet of violence) in which the lancer single-handedly dispatches the men who had killed his master merely for daring to drink publicly with his subordinate. It is also worth mentioning that several distinguished Japanese film-makers (including Yasujiro Ozu) helped in the making of this film which was Uchida's comeback after a decade spent in China.


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