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VIDEO ESSAY: Three Reasons: Kazuo Kuroki's THE ASSASSINATION OF RYOMA : It would be impossible to describe the importance of Kazuo Kuroki's "The Assassination of Ryoma" without first providing the obligatory history lesson. Ryoma Sakamoto is still the most legendary figure in Japanese history, but much like his western counterparts, Ryoma's character has evolved to suit contemporary issues. Perhaps it would be more relevant to understand how the image of Ryoma Sakamoto has changed over the past century, and why Kazuo Kuroki's interpretation of Ryoma's final days are as refreshing now as it was when the film was made.

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