Bulletproof premise – samurai and spy, need whaddaya, a road map? – given a typical skewer treatment by Masahiro Shinoda never before in “Samurai Spy”. It was made at the height of the Cold War, its impact on Japanese soil at the time in its increasingly controversial diplomatic and military relations with the United States, as well as changes in relation to the neighboring Korean Peninsula. “Samurai Spy” is one of those period films that really cares about the present as well as the past. In fact, if what you want is a simple, good time, you might want to pause this, as it’s much closer to political territory than regular chanbara.
Set in the 17th century, “Samurai Spy” charts the web of lies and unruly people that began to become popular in Japan during the early years of the Tokugawa shogunate, when the ruling Tokugawa clan received found his hegemony threatened from all sides by rival groups. Although there to be fighting and fighting scenes in the film, they are few and far between in most samurai movies. Instead of high-octane action, Shinoda aims for suspense and paranoia, following the hairy movements of samurai and ninja like a piece on a large chessboard. As usual with great noirs, don’t expect to keep track of everything, but the game’s skill speaks for itself.
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