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A slow and steady samurai flick a la John Ford that brings emotions and psychology to an epic-scale adventure. Read critic reviews

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A lower-class samurai, named Katagiri, secretly loves Kie, a servant in his family's household. Eventually their perception of honor forces them to part, and he must turn his focus toward a disheartening task. His old friend, Yaichiro Hazama, has been fomenting rebellion against the government, and Katagiri must hunt him down and kill him.

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  • Oct 31, 2009
    haven't seen a better film about the samurai, their customs and way of life. the central character katagiri has to deal with modernisation. while it is pushed upon him to learn the way of new western weapons history also becomes his enemy as he cannot show or feel the love he has for the household maid. amongst all this his clan is riddled with corruption and he has to confront his own conscience while following his clans orders loyally as he is ordered to kill a friend. funny at moments, emotionally powerful and full of gorgeous scenery
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  • Oct 19, 2009
    It was hard...very hard to sit still through this Japanese movie based upon honor and the cherish of the concealed and almost lost art of love, between a samurai, and a house servant .... to top it off...a rival swordsman of the star of the show is bound by honor even though his rival is arrested and condemned for a gang affiliation not allowed in the mid 19th century Japan. It is an extremely slow moving but interesting portrayal of loyalty and the code of honor that people in that time era had to keep for order to be maintained.
    Fascade F Super Reviewer
  • Oct 16, 2009
    The epic tale of Munezo - a samurai being displaced in a rapidly changing Japan. After a failed political coup he is ordered to prove his innocence by finding & killing his best friend samurai & brilliant swordsman. Munezo enlists the help of their old teacher who entrusts him with a secret technique. Second part of a Yôji Yamada's trilogy and it was so good that I now have to watch oter two parts as well...
    Panta O Super Reviewer
  • May 09, 2009
    This is an absolutely jaw-dropping brilliant film. This was from the 2005 Berlin International Film festival. And I will tell you at the start 5 Stars and its worth no less. A story of a Samurai, that mixes the traditions of a Samurai, along with the sword action, and Romance for you ladies. All throughout the movie the background scenes are phenomenal Don't shy away from this. One can only hope that Munezo the Samurai (Played by Massatoshi Nagase) will do another movie. Maybe in the Zacochi way, a number of movies, but not TV Series type. Takako Matsu played Kie, who was Munezo Family's house maid, she play the part to the T. If I tell you the details of this movie it would only ruin your watching, Trust me when I say ladies its just not Swordplay and Samurai. You will enjoy the addition of the Life Long Romance, Enough Said, 5 stars.
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