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Bushi no ichibun (2006)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 2 November 2007 (USA)
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A look at the relationship between a young blind samurai (Kimura) and his wife, who will make a sacrifice in order to defend her husband's honor.

Director:

Yôji Yamada

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Shûhei Fujisawa (novel), Yôji Yamada | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Takuya Kimura ... Shinnojo Mimura
Rei Dan ... Kayo Mimura
Mitsugorô Bandô Mitsugorô Bandô ... Toya Shimada
Takashi Sasano Takashi Sasano ... Tokuhei
Kaori Momoi ... Ine Hatano
Nenji Kobayashi Nenji Kobayashi ... Sakunosuke Higuchi
Ken Ogata Ken Ogata ... Shinnojo's fencing instructor
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Makoto Akatsuka Makoto Akatsuka
Toshiki Ayata Toshiki Ayata ... Kanjuro Takigawa
Z. Charles Bolton Z. Charles Bolton ... Man B (voice)
Duncan Brannan ... Hori / Senior Chief (voice)
Cole Brown Cole Brown ... Sensei (voice)
Chris Burnett ... Shinsuke (voice)
Colleen Clinkenbeard ... Kayo Mimura (voice)
Justin Cook ... Noge (voice)
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Storyline

Shinnojo, a low level samurai, lives with his pretty, dutiful and loyal wife Kayo. He has come to find his position in a castle as a food-taster for a feudal lord to be boring and pointless, and talks about opening a kendo school open to boys of all castes where he can teach the use of the sword. Before he can act on his dream he becomes ill with a fever after tasting some sashimi made from shell fish, but an investigation reveals that the poisoning was not due to a human conspiracy, but a poor choice of food out of season. After three days he awakes but finds that the toxin from the food has blinded him. Kayo is summoned by Shinnojo's family to explain how the couple will survive. His uncle laments that he no longer knows anybody with influence in the castle, and asks Kayo if she knows of anybody. She relates how Toya Shimada, the chief duty officer in the castle and a samurai of high rank, offered to help and they tell her to act upon his offer of assistance. A message from the ... Written by Brian Greenhalgh

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

2 November 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El catador de venenos See more »

Filming Locations:

Osaka, Japan

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,234, 2 May 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$16,326, 7 April 2013
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the film it is mentioned repeatedly that the main character of Shinnojo Miura receives a yearly stipend of 30 koku. During the Edo period of Japan a koku was a unit of measure that had the equivalent of one year's worth of rice for a person (approx. 150 kg). For a samurai 30 koku was a small salary and Shinnojo was thus of a low level. Incidentally, the title character from another of Yoji Yamada's films 'The Twilight Samurai' also receives a 30 koku stipend after having 20 koku deducted from his 50 koku salary to pay for his recently deceased wife's funeral. See more »

Quotes

Shinnojo Mimura: Be resolved you will both die. In that lies victory. Life lies in resolve for death.
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Follows Tasogare Seibei (2002) See more »

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Exploding the blind samurai myth.
17 March 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I love the Zatoichi films and have seen all but the very latest rebooting of the series ("Zatoichi the Last"--which is not available yet in the US). So it's obvious that I am a fan of the movies. However, I will also be the first to admit that they are completely ridiculous. After all, a completely blind swordsman who is able to take on dozens of opponents in each film and win is completely impossible...at least on this planet! Because of this, it's great to see "Love and Honor"--a Japanese film with a blind swordsman that is actually believable!!

The film begins with Shinnojo Mimura working for his lord as a food taster. One day, the unthinkable happens and Shinnojo is poisoned. While this ends up saving his master's life, it also ends up nearly killing Shinnojo and leaving him blind! And, as sometimes occurs in the tough feudal society, Shinnojo is left without a purpose and the prospect of losing his income. Some thanks for service to his master, huh?! However, uncharacteristic of many samurai films, soon Shinnojo learns that his master has not forgotten him and will keep giving him his original salary. So how does this end up resulting in Shinnojo fighting someone even though he's blind?! Well, I don't want to ruin the story--just watch this one.

The film has many, many strengths. It is a wonderful story, has a very thrilling conclusion and a touching love story--albeit an odd one! Well performed all around and one of the better samurai films I have seen--and I have seen quite a few. Well worth your time.


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