Samurai Pirate


1h 36m 1965

Film Details

Also Known As
Daitozoku, The Lost World of Sinbad
Release Date
Mar 1965
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Toho Co.
Distribution Company
American International Pictures
Country
Japan

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 36m
Sound
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Color
Color (Eastmancolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

Synopsis

Sukezaemon, alias "Luzon," the wealthiest citizen in a 16th-century seaport, is suspected of piracy by the townspeople, and after a hasty trial he is found guilty and sentenced to death. Luzon escapes by bribing the guards, and he sets out to sea, determined to make his fortune in piracy. His ship is attacked by pirates during a typhoon, and Luzon is forced to swim to an island for safety. An old wizard, Sennin, gives him shelter and tells him of the cruel lord chamberlain who rules the island. The lord chamberlain, who is the leader of the pirates who attacked Luzon's ship, keeps the ailing king a prisoner with the aid of a witch, and he plots to marry the king's daughter, Princess Yaya, and usurp the throne. While attending a state procession, Luzon sees Princess Yaya wearing a necklace that was among the treasures stolen from him by the pirates, and he vows revenge. In order to marry the princess, the lord chamberlain orders the execution of her fiancé, the Prince of Ming. Luzon rescues the prince and, with the aid of Sennin and his magic powers, attacks the castle. He flies over the castle walls on a huge kite and interrupts the wedding ceremony. Luzon kills the lord chamberlain in a sword fight, restores the king to the throne, and goes off in search of more excitement.

Film Details

Also Known As
Daitozoku, The Lost World of Sinbad
Release Date
Mar 1965
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Toho Co.
Distribution Company
American International Pictures
Country
Japan

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 36m
Sound
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Color
Color (Eastmancolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

Quotes

Mumbo jumbo, mumbo jumbo.
- Granny the Witch

Trivia

The famous Life Magazine double issue devoted to movies contained a fold-out cover showing studio technicians silhouetted against a blue background. This was Eiji Tsuburaya's special effects crew preparing a blue screen shot of Toshiro Mifune for this film.

Notes

Released in Japan in 1964 under the title Daitozoku; running time: 97 min. Title changed to The Lost World of Sinbad. U. S. sources credit only Kimura with screenplay while Japanese sources list both Kimura and Sekizawa as writers.