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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.


Yôjirô Takita


Jirô Asada (story), Takehiro Nakajima
8 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »




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


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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Did You Know?


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


Hajime Saitô: Not much to look at, huh? I don't like beautiful women. Women called 'beautiful' disgust me. After all, none of us is more than a sack of shit.
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Undescribably sad and touching story
4 April 2004 | by Tony_HedlundSee 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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Release Date:

18 January 2003 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

A Última Espada See more »

Filming Locations:

Nanbu, Aomori, Japan See more »


Box Office


$4,000,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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