Lady Kasuga (Sadao Nakajima, 1990) – Japan


Director: Sadao Nakajima
Cinematographer: Daisaku Kimura
Music: Masaru Satô
Starring: Yukiyo Toake, Yûko Natori, Mitsuko Kusabue, Kenichi Kaneda, Towako Yoshikawa, Daijiro Harada

Plot: 
The rise to power of the famed Lady Kasuga no Tsubone, who established the ‘Ooku’ (the women’s quarters, at Edo castle) and acted as nursemaid to Tokugawa Iemitsu, the future 3rd Shogun is chronicled in this historical drama. Intrigue and suspicion abound as the two brothers Iemitsu and Tadanaga vie for the post of Shogun, while behind the scenes the remnants of the defeated Toyotomi faction, lead by Lord Ishida Mitsunari attempt to discredit the Tokugawa Shogunate and regain their former position as rulers of the nation. The hidden battles between Shogun Hidetada’s wife and mistresses of the ‘Ooku’ come to light as they force the two brothers into a life or death struggle. Co-starring screen-legend Wakayama Tomisaburo as Lord Tokugawa Ieyasu, the retired Shogun in one of his very last roles.

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