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Sword of Desperation (2010)

Hisshiken torisashi (original title)
A talented but troubled Edo Period swordsman, Kanemi Sanzawmon. Three years earlier, Kanemi killed a woman, Renko, the corrupt mistress of the powerful daimyo Tabu Ukyou. Unexpectedly, ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Etsushi Toyokawa ...
Kanemi Sanzaemon
Chizuru Ikewaki ...
Rio
Kôji Kikkawa ...
Obiya
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tsumami Edamame ...
Fukui
Tenkyû Fukuda ...
Hyoue Makihuzi
Mitsutoshi Gotô ...
Mitsuoka
Yûdai Ishiyama ...
Mokichi
Hana Kino ...
Hana
Ittoku Kishibe ...
Deputy Chief Retainer Tsuda
Tôru Kizu ...
Tsunekichi
Fumiyo Kohinata ...
Tsunai Hashina
Ken Maeda ...
Kisuke
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Lord Tabu Ukyou
Seminosuke Murasugi ...
Yamauchi
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Lady Renko
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A talented but troubled Edo Period swordsman, Kanemi Sanzawmon. Three years earlier, Kanemi killed a woman, Renko, the corrupt mistress of the powerful daimyo Tabu Ukyou. Unexpectedly, Kanemi received a lenient sentence for his crime and is allowed to return to his clan after only one year of imprisonment. Following his return, Kanemi is faced with the death of his wife, Mutsue. Thereafter, Kanemi lives with and cares for his wife's niece, Satoo, who has secret affections for Kanemi and expresses them by helping change his bleak outlook on life. Meanwhile, Kanemi's develops his unique "bird-catching" sword technique which he will soon put to test in battle for the first time against the fearsome swordsman, Hayatonosho Obiya. Written by Dr. Jay Trotter

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Watch to feel Japanese Samurai Culture and History
25 April 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One way to review this film would be to explain the plot and twists and story, but this movie is really about something different. Watch and see.

If you watch it all, you can get a feel of the Japanese samurai culture of discipline and their history of patience and obedience. You can sort of see how the fief system worked, and how the samurai dealt with their ruling clan, even when these rulers were dishonest.

The movie does a great job of slowly unfolding the samurai culture. You won't get it all unless you watch it all.

If you have the patience to watch it, you will be rewarded. I was.

My rating is 8 out of 10.


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