|THE SAGA OF TANEGASHIMA|
Director: MORI Kazuo
Cast: Rick JASON, WAKAO Ayako,TONO Eijiro, FUJIMURA Shiho, NAKATANI Ichiro
Well before â€śShogunâ€ť as warring clans were fighting for power throughout Japan, a Portuguese vessel ran aground off Tanegashima. Lord Tokitaka helped Captain Pinto repair his ship. The grateful captain offered the lord a gift--a matchlock musketâ€”the first firearm ever seen in Japan. But like a great stone hurled into placid waters, this simple gift will start a revolution. Tokitaka tasks Kinbei, his greatest swordsmith, to copy this musket and build guns for Japan. While Kinbei struggles to forge Japanâ€™s first musket, a great love blooms between Captain Pinto and Kinbeiâ€™s daughter Wakasa. But for Kinbei, to let Wakasa marry Pinto and go to Portugal is unthinkable. And as Kinbei creates Japanâ€™s first matchlock factory, Lord Oda Nobunaga will seize upon firearms as the key to sweep all other clans before him, tearing a blood-soaked path of destruction through Japan.
1968 Color Anamorphic Widescreen (16:9) 107 Mins.
Japanese with Optional English Subtitles.