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Based on the true story of Benjamin Prufer and Sreykeo Solvan. The unexpected and uncertain love story of Sreykeo, a 21 year old bar girl in Phnom Penh and Ben, a young German student ... See full summary »
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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.
In the Edo period, a 7-year-old girl is abandoned by her mother in a thunderstorm, and is blinded by a thunderbolt that falls close to her. Yasuke protects her, and becomes her foster-father, until he is killed by some roving men. A Ronin named Ukita protects her next, and teaches her to use a cane-sword for her protection. Combined with her good hearing, her fencing will prove fateful for her enemies (a rapist, cheating dice players, and bandits) as she tries to protect another girl who was sold into slavery by her indebted father.Written by
First, I should admit that I haven't seen many movies in this genre. And I understand that the most famous series focusing on Japanese sword fighters is the Zatoichi series. I certainly haven't seen that one but hope to. In the meantime I just saw the first entry in the Crimson Bat series, called "Mekura no oichi monogatari: Makkana nagaradori" ("Crimson Bat: The Blind Swordsman" in English). It's definitely the sort of movie that would've inspired Quentin Tarantino, as the blind, abandoned character Oichi (Yoko Matsuyama) goes around dispensing justice. As it was, the copy that I saw was spoken in Japanese, dubbed in English, subtitled in Dutch! It's not the best movie but pretty fun, and that's what counts with these movies.
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