Something weird today.
The short movie clip you’ll find below is the only thing I was able to find to show you something of Kiganjou no Bouken, also known as Kigan Castle Adventure, also known The adventure of Taklamakan.
The Adventure of Taklamakan is a thoroughly enjoyable, low-budget-but-great-fun 1966 movie featuring the great Toshiro Mifune.
The plot is a weird mash-up of ancient Chinese folklore, Arabian Nights style fantasy and a few dollops of Wu Cheng’en‘s Journey to the West.
But it’s actually based on a story by Dazai Osamu.
In an Eastern slave market, a mercenary is rescued by a monk and enrolled in a quest for some mystical relics in the Taklamakan desert, and in a kingdom ruled by a cruel king.
The forces of Darkness are obviously not far away…
It’s in Japanese, with no subtitles – sorry about that.
But you can appreciate the colors, and the effects.
The movie is one of my fondest memories from the parish cinema where – as I think I mentioned already – we kids were fed a steady diet of Tarzan, Zorro, Godzilla and assorted weirdness.
Ah, the seventies!