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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
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Yui Natsukawa ...
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Takehiro Murata ...
Chiaki Ono
Miki Nakatani ...
Nui
Yûji Miyake ...
Jiroemon Ono
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Yoshinori Hiruma ...
Shinpachi Nagakura
Keisuke Horibe ...
Yasunoshin Shinohara
Atsushi Itô ...
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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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The real last Samurais
3 June 2004 | by See all my reviews

This movie is about the "Shinsengumi" (New Group) a famous group of Samurai in the last days of Tokugawa-shogunate that really existed.

At first they were a kind of police-company in Kyoto. Later on this group was fighting on the shoguns (Military head of state) side against emperor Meijis forces who stood for a modernized Japan. It is about the samurai system and their way that could not survive Japans transition into a modern state. But foremost it is a about people, emotions and honor.The characterization is fantastic and always believable and the swordplay is great.

If you have never heard anything about the Wolfs of Mibu (mibu no ogami(In Japan every child knows them)) you should not miss this movie, and if you know them, even better.


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