Castle of Owls
Movie adaptation of the 1959 ninja novel. With war against Korea looming on the horizon, Hideyoshi Toyotomi, the 'Taiko' becomes the target of an assassination attempt to be carried out by the Iga Clan of ninja spies. Master spy Juzo Tsuzura (Ryutaro Otomo) is assigned the task, but first he must defeat a former Iga spy who has become a traitor, and outwit the treacherous woman that is trying to seduce him.
- Stars:Shintarô Katsu, Rentarô Mikuni, Hisaya Morishige, Etsushi Takahashi, Naoko Ôtani, Osamu Sakai, Katsutoshi Akiyama, Shôki Fukae, Tsutomu Hashimoto, Renji Ishibashi, Keizô Kanie, Jun Katsumura, Kazuo Mortuchi, Shintarô Nanjô, Ken K. Okamoto, Minoru Ôki, Hizuru Takachiho, Chiyoko Honma, Chôichirô Kawarasaki,
- Director:Eiichi Kudô,
This is a classic early Japanese Ninja movie. The Iga ninjas are a dying breed as Toyotomis rule allows Japan to experience some peace... . You can read more in Google, Youtube, Wiki
Castle of Owls torrent reviews
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(ag) wrote: Loved the cinematography and the staging of the shots. The story did nothing for me and I yawned an awful lot. Was entertained by Michael York, but would've liked more of him.I guess I had some pre-conceived notions about what it might be, but there is very little talking throughout the film and what there is is almost unnecessary. I thought there would be more insight into each of the characters in the painting, but it's a lot of surface. The staging is subtle and slow. Each frame could be a painting in it's own right. Pretty but also pretty boring.
(jp) wrote: for all who like impossible love stories
(mx) wrote: Bounty Hunter transports fugitive across jurisdictions in desolate and bleak future. Biggest draw here is the superstar cast featuring Michael Ironside, Vanity, Lyle Alzado and even a role for WKRP's Les Nesman. One of those direct-to-video numbers that littered the video store shelves in the early 90s; this one seemed to make an honest attempt to rise above its overly familiar plot. Fans of Michael Ironside should check it out. Sadly, this was Alzado's last film.
(ag) wrote: Very good movie with an amazing plot.
(jp) wrote: Loved it. Simple as that :)
(mx) wrote: This has been my favourite big screen Agatha Christie adaptation since I was taken to the cinema to see it many years ago by my mother. It simply drips with opulence and red herrings and has a stellar cast that directors these days can only dream of. The story is the usual Christie tale of wealthy socialites all with dozens of skeletons clattering around in their closets who find themselves aboard a luxury paddle cruiser on a sightseeing tour of Egypt. As the body count mounts, the great Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot is called upon to solve the dastardly crime and bring the murderer to justice.Here, Poirot is played for the first time by the wonderful Peter Ustinov, who, despite bearing little physical resemblance to the character, plays him with such joie de vivre as to be completely charming. Joining him on his escapade is David Niven as companion, Colonel Race and the wonderfully eccentric passengers being made up of Bette Davis, Maggie Smith, Angela Lansbury, Mia Farrow, Olivia Hussey, Jane Birkin, Simon MacCorkindale and George Kennedy.There's a slow, lugubrious quality to this movie allowing the glamour and exotic nature of the surroundings and characters full reign with enough giggles and fabulously camp lines to keep it all entertaining.There's a simply magical score from Nino Rota which sums up the age and style perfectly and director John Guillermin allows the undoubtedly huge egos of his cast to shine through to wonderful effect.Ustinov went on to play Hercule Poirot several more times with varying success. For me, this is his best portrayal of the role and would take an awful lot to better.