The Hidden Blade
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- Behind the scenes featurette with director Yoji Yamada
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Top Customer Reviews
Since the story for both Twilight Samurai and Hidden Blade were written by the same author and took place in the same part of Japan, one reviewer unfairly indicated the story was a rehash of the first. Definitely, I disagree with this assessment.
I don't want to give anything away. For those that are like me, be sure to have a box of tissues handy when you see this memorable film. I rented it and was so taken by the film (even watching it twice during the same weekend), that I purchased the DVD immediately from Amazon.
This movie is an absolute gem, packed with engaging storylines and intricate character development. There isn't a tremendous amount of action, per se, but the few scenes demonstrate excellent technique. I was glued to the set the entire movie and was saddened when the movie came to a close at the end.
Pick this up for a wonderful human story satisfy your nostalgic longing for days of love and honor.
Throughout the film, there a several examples of classic Ozu films.
In the The Hidden Blade, Katagiri is getting older and is not married. Likewise in Ozu's Early Summer, Hara Setsuko, plays a woman past 25 who hasn't married either. Katagiri becomes a lot like Hara Setsuko's character in that both are stubborn and will get married when they want to and if they want to. Katagiri also shares common charateristics with the father figure of Ryu Chishu's various characters in Ozu films. Some of the dialouge between Katagiri and his servant Kie reminded me of similar scenes from Tokyo Story, when Ryu and his wife are talking.
What I like about this film, is the way inwhich, Yamada humanizes his samurai characters through anecdote. There is a very moving and funny scene of a little girl who is afraid of Katagiri because he carries a sword. Katagiri cannot understand why this girl is afraid and when Kie tells him, he laughs and points out that most of the time samurai never draw their swords. The life of the bureaucract. There are other comedic episodes until the plot has to become serious. That's when the best dramatic scenes come out.Read more ›
I ordered this film. By itself, it is good period drama of the
19th century Samurai period...basically the story of an honorable samurai in a dishonorable world. However, I felt that
the plot and motifs were quite similar to Twilight Samurai. Given the choice of the two films, I would recommend Twilight over this one. I didn't quite get the point of seeing two
very similar movies.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
DVD arrived on time. it is one of a trilogy. all are well written and well directed.Published 2 months ago by happy2
A year after "The Last Samurai". Much more real, less glamorized, but beautiful and deep. As if a great Japanese director had seen "The Last Samurai" and decided to... Read morePublished 6 months ago by GS
As far as nobility and the true meaning of Samurai, this movie is full of it. It was not the action film I was hoping for, but it was definitely the drama film I would have wanted... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
The third in Nagase's series about ' every day ' samurai and their families and the trap of feudal honor. All three films are extraordinary.Published 12 months ago by Julie Merwin
I was expecting to see some good martial arts fights but end up this movie is only drama and very very little action.Published 15 months ago by Larry W
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