A very entertaining historical insight into the life and times of Toyotomi Hideyoshi (1537-1598). From a humble peasant background in the Sengoku period, eventually succeeding Lord Oda Nobunaga, Hideyoshi rose to one of the most powerful & influential men in the country. His grandest legacy to be regarded as the second "Great Unifier" of Japan. The film was made for TV, an epic production of 4hrs split into 2 parts. Within the bounds of the small screen director Kihachi Okamoto brilliantly crafts a broad & fascinating tale. Typically, he infuses his drama with a vibrant comic vein, always a great ear for accompaniment, an evocative soundtrack superbly compliments, a wonderful treat. Supported with a solid cast, Kumiko Akiyoshi gives a spirited lead performance. With subtle & dramatic character development, his carefree beginning evolves into the role of dynamic tactician, progressive politician and wise cultured ruler... Highly Recommended.
- Jul 15, 2020
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