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When the Last Sword Is Drawn (2002)

Mibu gishi den (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 18 January 2003 (Japan)
A samurai goes to extraordinary lengths to provide for his family.

Director:

Yôjirô Takita

Writers:

Jirô Asada (story), Takehiro Nakajima
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Cast

Credited cast:
Kiichi Nakai ... Kanichiro Yoshimura
Kôichi Satô ... Hajime Saitô
Yui Natsukawa ... Shizu / Mitsu
Takehiro Murata Takehiro Murata ... Chiaki Ono
Miki Nakatani ... Nui
Yûji Miyake Yûji Miyake ... Jiroemon Ono
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Masayoshi Haneda
Yoshinori Hiruma Yoshinori Hiruma ... Shinpachi Nagakura
Keisuke Horibe ... Yasunoshin Shinohara
Atsushi Itô Atsushi Itô ... Young Chiaki Ono
Hideaki Itô ... Yoshinobu Tokugawa
Ryô Kase ... Shûhei Kondô
Momo Nakayama Momo Nakayama ... Young Mitsu Yoshimura
Eugene Nomura ... Toshizô Hijikata
Ayumu Saitô Ayumu Saitô ... Kashitaro Itô
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

18 January 2003 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

A Última Espada See more »

Filming Locations:

Nanbu, Aomori, Japan See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,487,338
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(heavily cut)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

In the movie, the Ono family uses the modern "biohazard" symbol as their 'mon' (family symbol). See more »

Quotes

Hajime Saitô: A fox thinks for himself - while a dog simply follows.
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The real last Samurais
3 June 2004 | by LordofHavocSee 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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