|Directed by||Kenji Misumi|
|Produced by||Hiroaki Fujii|
|Written by||Kazuro Funabashi|
|Based on|| 剣 (Ken)|
by Yukio Mishima
|Starring|| Raizo Ichikawa |
|Music by||Sei Ikeno|
|Distributed by||Daiei Film|
The Sword (剣, Ken) is a 1964 Japanese film directed by Kenji Misumi. From a screenplay by Kazuro Funabashi, based upon the short story Ken (Sword) by Yukio Mishima.
The story is centered on Kokubu Jiro (Raizo Ichikawa), a prominent member of his university's Kendo dojo.
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