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Kiyone Sakurai, an apprentice swordmaker makes a sword for his guardian, Kozaemon Onoda. Onoda breaks the sword while defending his lord which eventually leads to his death at the hands of Naito, when Naito demands to marry his daughter Sasae. Sasae vows to avenge her father's death and pleads for Kiyone Sakurai to make a special sword for her. So Kiyone and his fellow swordmaker Kiyotsugu go to the master swordsmith Kiyohide Yamatomori to learn their craft and forge the sword. Written by Will Gilbert

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8 February 1945 (Japan)  »

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A straightforward story handled with the skill of a master
2 February 2008 | by (Helsinki, Finland) – See all my reviews

The Famous Sword Bijomaru is not one of Mizoguchi's famed productions, and as Kaneto Shindo says in a related interview: film makers do not "live on love alone," alluding to the fact that the film was made for monetary reasons. Indeed, it is not the most complex story, as the main character, an apprentice sword-maker, struggles with faith in his craft and his love for the daughter of his guardian. Despite the familiar aspects of the story, the film is directed with the flair of a master, finely bringing out the symbolism of sword-making with some atmospheric cinematography to boot. A nice little film that is definitely worth seeking out.


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