|Incident at Blood Pass|
Cast: Shintaro Katsu, Toshiro Mifune, Kinnosuke Nakamura,
Chusha Ichikawa, Ruriko Asaoka
The final Yojimbo film, INCIDENT AT BLOOD PASS came about as the second of two collaborations between Toshiro Mifune and Shintaro Katsu.
The film's Japanese title, MACHIBUSE, means ambush, and that is indeed what waits for Mifune's wandering samurai after he is hired for a mysterious mission. In fact, he is not even given any information about the mission, but only told to be at an old tea house at the top of a pass at a certain time.
There, he butts heads with Katsu, a gang of bandits, and a convoy of Shogunate gold as two of Japan's finest film actors and a rousing score make this one of the most entertaining samurai films of the 1970s.
In the early seventies, Mifune Toshiro and Katsu Shintaro made a deal with each other; they would each appear in a film made by the other. The two films that resulted were Zatoichi meets Yojimbo and Incident at Blood Pass (Machibuse).
Two of Japan's greatest stars collide when Mifune Toshiro ("Yojimbo", "Samurai Banners") butts heads with Katsu Shintaro ("The Razor", "Zatoichi").
1970 Color Widescreen 118 Mins.
Japanese with English subtitles