The new member of a samurai militia unit causes disruption as several of his colleagues fall in love with him, threatening to disturb the rigid code of their squad.

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Lieutenant Genzaburo Inoue
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Samurai Heibei Sugano
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Yoshiaki Fujiwara
Daisuke Iijima
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Set during Japan's Shogun era, this film looks at life in a samurai compound where young warriors are trained in swordfighting. A number of interpersonal conflicts are brewing in the training room, all centering around a handsome young samurai named Sozaburo Kano. The school's stern master can choose to intervene, or to let Kano decide his own path. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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$9,947 (USA) (6 October 2000)

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$47,234 (USA) (24 November 2000)
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Beautiful, sensual, mystical
24 April 2004 | by (Vilnius, Lithuania) – See all my reviews

Gohatto is a movie done extremely aestheticly in a true Japanese tradition (it almost seems that colors were specially chosen for each scene to give you the incredible feeling of understanding what will happen next). It is erotic, which is cruel and sweet at the same time. Not to mention - hot ;)

The soundtracks create a weird mystical effect, giving the events a slightly different meaning and keeping the viewer glued to the screen even when nothing is going on.

The movie leaves more questions then it answers, keeping your thoughts on it for a long time. It is full of symbols that are not easy to decode having a non-Japanese menthality. Kept me wanting to see it over and over (like it usually is with anime), each time finding something new and incredible.

A perfect work of art, by a true master.


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