Young swordsman, Bunshiro, is shunned by his village after his father, a highly respected samurai, is embroiled in a clan conspiracy and ordered to commit ritual suicide. Even during this time, his neighbour's daughter, Fuku, watches on with affection. This adaptation of the most prized novel by Japan's best-known samurai novelist Shuhei Fujisawa (Twilight Samurai, The Hidden Blade) is a touching story about love and friendship, set against a backdrop of beautiful cinematography.
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This movie has no surprises if you are already familiar with Japanese Historical dramas. Politics override everything and is the cause of 99% of everyone's problems. This story revolves around a country Samurai and his one true love. Both their lives take the to unexpected places.
The quality of the movie I watched was low, although it may have been because it was a 2005 Film, the acting was excellent, not over done or wooden. The movie itself just seemed to drag. One highlight was the sword fight, the initial reaction to the samurai's first kill was a good one and the entire fight itself was not too cinematic.
The music had no impact on me, there is a slow instrumental at the end and the beginning and a period Japanese song song at the bar .
Overall it gets a5.5 from me..the sword fight earned it a .5 but the story itself down right bored me, I saw everything coming. Predictable.