Feudal Japan. Kamo Serizawa and Isami Kondo turn a collection of student fencers into a band of assassins known as the Shinsen Group, devoted to the Tokugawa shogunate and to an elegant ... See full summary »
Etsuko, after her husbands death, moves in with her in-laws. With ambivalence, she finds herself sexually involved with her father-in-law. She then finds herself desiring young gardener Saburo, who has a relationship with the maid Miyo.
Raizo Ichikawa stars as a farmer who is drafted by samurai to become the third double of a warlord (also played by Ichikawa). At first, the perks are nice, but soon enough the pitfalls of the occupation come to light - particularly after the lord loses his left eye during battle. The sequence where the three doubles realize what's going to happen to them afterward is as terrifying as any horror movie. It's the film's best sequence, but it's very good beyond that, too. Like most samurai flicks, the horrible ironies keep growing and growing until the final frame. I did think it got a tad contrived near the end, but it doesn't detract much from its overall power. This is available on Hulu Plus.
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