By Junya SATO

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Drama - Completed 2010

Based on the Akira Yoshimura book of the same title, Sakurada Gate Incident brings historical dramatic detail to the silver screen on an epic scale as it traces in details the events, the emotions and the ambitions leading up to and following the assassination of Tokugawa shogunate chief minister.

    • Year of production
    • 2010
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • JAPAN
    • Languages
    • Duration
    • 137 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Junya SATO
    • Writer(s)
    • Itaru ERA, Junya SATO
    • Synopsis
    • A century and a half ago in 1860, on a freakishly snowy day of March 3rd, 17 samurai from the Mito domain and one from Satsuma attacked the palanquin of Chief Shogun Minister, Naosuke Ii, beheading him right in front of Edo Castle, an event that has come to be known as the “Sakurada Gate Incident.” Among the assassins, just one 1 died in battle, but 4 committed hara-kiri afterwards, and 8 surrendered and were later executed. Mito samurai, Tetsunosuke Seki, who was called upon to lead the charge, fled to Kyoto where he hoped to join up with 3,000 other anti-Tokugawa rebels from the Satsuma Domain and march into Kyoto to protect the increasingly alienated Emperor from the shogunate. But the Satsuma rebels never showed up, leaving Seki and the remaining assassins on their own, to be pursued to their deaths by both the shogun’s and their own Mito domain.