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When the Last Sword is Drawn (2003)
"Mibu gishi den" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  18 January 2003 (Japan)
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Kanichiro Yoshimura is a Samurai and Family man who can no longer support his wife and children on the the low pay he receives from his small town clan, he is forced by the love for his ... See full summary »

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Kanichiro Yoshimura
Kôichi Satô ...
Yui Natsukawa ...
Shizu / Mitsu
Takehiro Murata ...
Chiaki Ono
Miki Nakatani ...
Nui
Yûji Miyake ...
Jiroemon Ono
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Masayoshi Haneda
Yoshinori Hiruma ...
Shinpachi Nagakura
Keisuke Horibe ...
Yasunoshin Shinohara
Atsushi Itô ...
Young Chiaki Ono
Hideaki Itô ...
Yoshinobu Tokugawa
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Shûhei Kondô
Momo Nakayama ...
Young Mitsu Yoshimura
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Ayumu Saitô ...
Kashitaro Itô
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Kanichiro Yoshimura is a Samurai and Family man who can no longer support his wife and children on the the low pay he receives from his small town clan, he is forced by the love for his family to leave for the city in search of higher pay to support them. In his search he joins a notorious clan, known as the Shinsengumi where he does as much as possible to get money. Looked at as a money grubber,Yoshimura proves his strength physically and mentally by being loyal to his honor. During the dramatic period, with the rise of the Emperor and the fall of the Shogun. Yoshimura shows us the struggle of life in a personal way, by changing the lives of the people he meets and the way life is looked at. Written by C. Maginnis

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The title "Mibu gishi den" literally means "Story of the Righteous Samurai of Mibu," and alludes to the "Ako gishi," better known in the West as the 47 Ronin. See more »

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Undescribably sad and touching story
4 April 2004 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

Wow... This movie totally blew me away... I'm not easily as touched as I were with this movie. I litterally had to pause it several times not to weep like baby. I haven't been this moved since the movie Heaven & Earth with Tommy Lee Jones, a drama about poverty and sadness, war and it's affect on people

This movie straight hit's the roof. I got tears, and a clogged throat. Normally I don't watch too many dramas, but this one I saw in a hunch.

I, without a doubt, give this 10 / 10 in the category of dramas! Respect the Samurai's! Respect those who throughout time died for bloodfeuds between clan's, starvation, and honor.

This is clearly a masterpiece! It deserves an Oscar.


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