A successful textile industrialist from the provinces, who is beloved by his employees for his kindness, cannot find a wife because of a disfiguring birthmark on his face. Even the ... See full summary »
The film begins when the legendary swordsman Miyamoto Musashi is still named Shinmen Takezo. After being on the losing side of the Battle of Sekigahara, Takezo and his friend manage to escape and come across a young woman and her mother.
Movies by Uchida Tomu were subtitled very recently and are only shown at festivals... but not to be missed.
Here, the demonstration is done that Love never works, through three (or is it one? --- it is one) impossible-love-stories.
It could seem to start like an epic movie, but it is definitely not so: Mixing elements of noh, kabuki and kinky erotic; assumed filmed theater and "normal" movie; and much more, the movie is never messy. The story is complex enough and can be seen a different levels, but it remains clear and understandable. That is art and entertainment. And not depressing though the subject is not optimistic.
Another extremely good Japanese movie from the 60's.
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