The Adventures of Taklamakan

The Adventures of Taklamakan


奇巌城の冒険
Kiganjō No Bōken
Adventure of Stone Castle
Director Senkichi Taniguchi
Producer Tomoyuki Tanaka
Assistant Producer Hiroshi Nezu
Screenplay Takeshi Kimura
Original Story Osamu Dazai
Photography Kazuo Yamada
Art Hiroshi Ueda
Sound Yoshio Nishikawa
Lighting Hiromitsu Mori
Music Akira Ifukube
Editor Yoshitami Kuroiwa
Production Companies Toho, Mifune Productions
Release Date April 28, 1966
Runtime 100 minutes

奇巌城の冒険
Kiganjō No Bōken
Adventure of Stone Castle
Director Senkichi Taniguchi
Producer Tomoyuki Tanaka
Assistant Producer Hiroshi Nezu
Screenplay Takeshi Kimura
Original Story Osamu Dazai
Photography Kazuo Yamada
Art Hiroshi Ueda
Sound Yoshio Nishikawa
Lighting Hiromitsu Mori
Music Akira Ifukube
Editor Yoshitami Kuroiwa
Production Companies Toho, Mifune Productions
Release Date April 28, 1966
Runtime 100 minutes

Ensai is a traveling Buddhist monk in search of relics to take back to Japan. He buys the freedom of Osumi, a wayward Japanese slave, who joins him. They travel through the Taklamakan desert and discover an abandoned temple, containing relics of the Buddha. They then head toward Kotan to present the relics to Buddhist scholars. They enter the realm of Pesil, which is ruled by a paranoid and violent king who fears strangers. The king has Ensai arrested, but Osumi escapes.

Osumi learns that there are traitors in the king’s court who are poisoning his mind against the people, in order to disguise their own plot to seize the throne. Osumi infiltrates the castle, but is captured and sentenced to death. Ensai pleads with the king and offers a trade: if Osumi fails to deliver the relics to Kotan and return to Pesil in three days, then Ensai will be executed in his place. The king agrees and releases Osumi. The traitors in the king’s court fear that if Osumi returns he will restore the king’s trust in people and spoil their well-laid plans. They send bandits to ambush Osumi.

Osumi has the relics verified in Kotan, but on the return to Pesil he is waylaid by the bandits. On the third day Ensai is prepared for execution, when Osumi miraculously returns. The king is moved by Osumi’s devotion to Ensai and releases them both. The traitors immediately seize the castle and bar the entrance. Osumi infiltrates the castle again and slays the traitors, restoring the king to power.

Top Billed Cast

Toshiro Mifune Osami
Tatsuya Mihashi The King
Tadao Nakamaru Ensai
Makoto Sato Gorjaka the Bandit
Mie Hama Kureya
Akiko Wakabayashi Spriya
Yumi Shirakawa The Queen
Ichiro Arishima The Wizard Hermit
Jun Tazaki The Innkeeper
Akihiko Hirata The Chamberlain
Susumu Kurobe Palace Guard
Hideyo Amamoto Granny the Witch
Toshio Kurosawa Osami's Brother
Hiroko Sakurai The Queen's Handmaiden
Shoji Oki Sundara
Sachio Sakai Caravan Leader
Shigeki Ishida Royal Advisor
Shunji Kasuga Royal Advisor
Naoya Kusakawa Palace Guard
Ren Yamamoto Jail Keeper
Ikio Sawamura Slave Auctioneer
Minoru Takada Buddhist Priest
Hiroshi Hasegawa Palace Guard
Shiro Tsuchiya Merchant

Rest of Cast Listed Alphabetically

Yukihiko Gondo Palace Guard
Minoru Ito Villager
Yoshio Katsube Villager
Junpei Natsuki Villager
Keiji Sakakida Villager
Masaaki Tachibana Villager
Top Billed Cast
Toshiro Mifune Osami
Tatsuya Mihashi The King
Tadao Nakamaru Ensai
Makoto Sato Gorjaka the Bandit
Mie Hama Kureya
Akiko Wakabayashi Spriya
Yumi Shirakawa The Queen
Ichiro Arishima The Wizard Hermit
Jun Tazaki The Innkeeper
Akihiko Hirata The Chamberlain
Susumu Kurobe Palace Guard
Hideyo Amamoto Granny the Witch
Toshio Kurosawa Osami's Brother
Hiroko Sakurai The Queen's Handmaiden
Shoji Oki Sundara
Sachio Sakai Caravan Leader
Shigeki Ishida Royal Advisor
Shunji Kasuga Royal Advisor
Naoya Kusakawa Palace Guard
Ren Yamamoto Jail Keeper
Ikio Sawamura Slave Auctioneer
Minoru Takada Buddhist Priest
Hiroshi Hasegawa Palace Guard
Shiro Tsuchiya Merchant
Rest of Cast Listed Alphabetically
Yukihiko Gondo Palace Guard
Minoru Ito Villager
Yoshio Katsube Villager
Junpei Natsuki Villager
Keiji Sakakida Villager
Masaaki Tachibana Villager
製作
Producer
田中友幸
Tomoyuki Tanaka
製作補
Assistant Producer
根津博
Hiroshi Nezu
脚本
Screenplay
馬淵薫
Kaoru Mabuchi

太宰治『走れメロス』より
From Osamu Danzai’s “Running Meros”
撮影
Photography
山田一夫
Kazuo Yamada
美術
Art
植田寛
Hiroshi Ueda
録音
Sound
西川善男
Yoshio Nishikawa
照明
Lighting
森弘光
Hiromitsu Mori
音楽
Music
伊福部昭
Akira Ifukube
整音
Dubbing
下永尚
Hisashi Shimonaga
監督助手
Assistant Director
竹林進
Susumu Takebayashi
編集
Editor
黒岩義民
Yoshitami Kuroiwa
合成
Synthesis
三瓶一信
Kazunobu Sanpei
衣裳デザイン
Costume Design
真木小太郎
Kotaro Maki
現像
Developing
東京現像所
Tokyo Laboratory
製作担当者
Production Manager
江口英彦
Hidehiko Eguchi
出演者
Performers


三船敏郎
Toshiro Mifune

三橋達也
Tatsuya Mihashi

中丸忠雄
Tadao Nakamaru

佐藤允
Makoto Sato

浜美枝
Mie Hama

若林映子
Akiko Wakabayashi

白川由美
Yumi Shirakawa

有島一郎
Ichiro Arishima

田崎潤
Jun Tazaki

平田昭彦
Akihiko Hirata

黒部進
Susumu Kurobe

天本英世
Hideyo Amamoto

黒沢年男
Toshio Kurosawa

桜井浩子
Hiroko Sakurai

大木正司
Shoji Oki

堺左千夫
Sachio Sakai

石田茂樹
Shigeki Ishida

春日章良
Shunji Kasuga

草川直也
Naoya Kusakawa

山本廉
Ren Yamamoto

沢村いき雄
Ikio Sawamura

高田稔
Minoru Takada

吉田俊彦
Toshihiko Yoshida

黒木順
Jun Kuroki

長谷川弘
Hiroshi Hasegawa

荒木保夫
Yasuo Araki

土屋詩朗
Shiro Tsuchiya
殺陣
Action Director
久世竜
Ryu Kuse
監督
Director
谷口千吉
Senkichi Taniguchi