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Kigan Castle

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The Italian poster played the Arabian Nights factor to the hilt.

The Italian poster played the Arabian Nights factor to the hilt.

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!

As an extra bonus, here’s the title track from the original soundtrack, composed by Toho regular Akira Ifukube

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Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

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