Love and Honor (2007)
Critic Reviews for Love and Honor
It's a satisfying story, played out in decorous period surroundings of the classic warrior tale but Yamada's 79th film lacks any hint of surprise or excitement.
A very satisfying tale that emphasizes one of the genre's key themes: The deepest wound a samurai may suffer does not come from any blade.
An impeccably made classic Japanese period picture in which a nobility of spirit is tested amid the most beautiful of settings, revealing the harshness and hypocrisy of a feudal society of the utmost formality and rigidity.
It's an exquisitely crafted melodrama, moving with stately grace toward an understated yet forceful quest for revenge.
the movie has only one sword fight, and it consists of only three or four swings of the blade, but don't let that dissuade you. You won't be bored.
Audience Reviews for Love and Honor
(****): Thumbs Up This is an excellent conclusion to Yoji Yamada's samurai trilogy (which follows the great Twilight Samurai and The Hidden Blade). Well-crafted and the acting is superb. A beautiful and emotionally driven film.
Love and Honor is even greater than Yamada's previous films Twilight Samurai and Hidden Blade. He has perfected his style of serene and subtle tales of ill-begotten samurai. Here we find a lord's poison taster left blinded after eating some out of season shellfish. What follows is a web of lies, slowly broken down. Each time the truth surfaces, things get a little worse. Like the films pace, the lies start as small, with Kimmura's wife saying that the fireflies have not yet come out, probably to stop him from missing such beautiful sites. Yamada even manages to make the audience appreciate the littlest insect, as a blind Kimmura is, unknowingly, pestered by a butterfly. It builds to a wonderfully tense climax and an excellent and underplayed duel. The visual lyricism and subtext of the dialogue is wonderfully scattered in the film. Despite the film's gloomy goings on, it is never a depressing film. In fact, it has an excellent sense of visual humour that works surprisingly well. Yamada has left it late in life, but his recent samurai trilogy rivals some of Kurosawa's classics.
A very very Japanese movie.. It shows us the real faces of the Japanese in the past... The story was ordinary, but the directing was pretty good... So it was a pretty good movie.. But for me, Takuya Kimura act wasn't pretty good at all.. He doesn't show the acting that he is blind people... Rei Dan acts was the good ones... She can shows the feel that she is a really depressed young wife... At last, it's a pretty interesting movie to watch....
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