Archive of films Killing / Zan

2018, 80 min

Section: Horizons
Year: 2019

When a group of aimless ronin meet in the picturesque Japanese countryside, you can bet that things are about to get dicey. Tsukamoto’s period drama is a fine-tuned genre film, a tale of romantic destiny, and a provocative meditation on human values.


The late period of the Tokugawa Shogunate. Masterless ronin wander still-feudal Japan, which will soon undergo radical reform. Some become bandits, others hope that they may still be of use to the shogun. In a small village, an aging ronin named Sawamura comes across young Tsuzuki, who has been helping the farmers harvest rice while acting as their protector. Together, they decide to set out for the capital in order to serve their country once again. But don’t expect a classic costume drama from underground experimenter Tsukamoto. This story of two men seeking – at all costs – to earn honor in battle is not a Samurai legend but a captivating anti-Western in which true heroes kill without hesitation.

Nikola Paggio

About the director

Shinya Tsukamoto (b. 1960, Tokyo). Selected filmography: Tetsuo: The Iron Man (1989), Tokyo Fist (1995), Bullet Ballet (1998), Gemini (Sōseiji, 1999), A Snake of June (Rokugatsu no hebi, 2002), Vital (2004), Nightmare Detective (Akumu Tantei, 2006), Kotoko (2011), Fires on the Plain (Nobi, 2015), Killing (Zan, 2018)


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Press kit

About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Horizons
Director: Shinya Tsukamoto
Screenplay: Shinya Tsukamoto
Dir. of Photography: Shinya Tsukamoto, Satoshi Hayashi
Music: Chu Ishikawa
Editor: Shinya Tsukamoto
Producer: Shinya Tsukamoto
Production: Kaijyu Theater
Cast: Sosuke Ikematsu, Yu Aoi
Sales: Nikkatsu Corporation

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