“We shouldn’t trust samurai - they’re dirty!”
This was better than I was expecting as the opening 20/30 minutes were not promising, but as the film progressed, I started to appreciate Inagaki’s framing and his penchant for humour.
Ultimately, Rise Against the Sword is a decent story on pride and social status, conveying a period just before Tokugawa rule while the nation was in a perpetual state of war.
During the battle sequence in the finale, there is a shot where Mifune kills a few enemies and then thrusts his face straight down the lens of the camera in a totally non-comedic way. Unable to contain myself, l hysterically laughed at this and immediately knew that it would be my prominent memory of the film for many years to come.