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Shinnojo Mimura is a samurai sharing a hand-to-mouth existence with his beautiful wife, Kayo. Frustrated by his lowly status within the castle ranks, Shinnojo dreams of better days instructing children in the way of the sword. But destiny, it would seem, has other plans… A freak accident takes the warrior’s sight, leaving Shinnojo cursed. Losing his status and pride, his hopes and dreams, and even himself to this life of eternal darkness, only one path lies open for Shinnojo: That of the true and noble samurai.
Love and Honor – Tale of the fallen samurai.
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For now, however, the samurai class in its increasing irrelevance is increasingly parasitic. Samurai ideals of honor and obligation are stained by opportunism, venality and self-interest. Honor remains for many, but it can be hard for those, even samurai, who must try to live their lives in an unfair world.
Shinnojo Mimura (Takuya Kimura) is a young, lower-caste samurai who earns a modest stipend as a food taster for his clan lord. He and his wife, Kayo (Rei Dan) are happy and in love. He has prospects to be an expert swordsman. He hopes to start his own school. Then he tastes some shellfish and becomes seriously ill. He survives but is blind. He may very well lose his stipend, his house and the ability to support his mother and relatives. They plead with Kayo to go to clan captain Shimada and beg for help.Read more ›
Synopsis derived from the region-3 DVD back cover:
It is only a short time after Shinnojo Mimura (Takuya Kimura) is appointed to the post of food taster that he goes blind after a shellfish that brings on food poisoning is a accidentally put into a lunch for the Lord of the Clan.
Until this time Shinnojo, as a lower-ranked samurai has lived a thrifty but happy life with his wife Kayo (Rei Dan). However, the fact is that Shinnojo is unable to work in the castle any longer. Kayo is told to approach the domain's Head clerk, Toya Shimada (Mitsugoro Bando), and ask him to use his good offices in having Shinnojo's stipend maintained. In return, he has demanded her body. Out of anger and despair, Shinnojo divorces her. Eventually Shinnojo learns the truth. Shimada merely took his pleasure with Kayo; not one word did he say about how Shinnojo was to be treated to the Lord. Shinnojo cannot stand it a moment longer. He challenges Shimado to a duel.
Once again, this film explores the reality of corrupt authority figures in feudal Japan. At first impression, I thought; "Blind Samurai? Is this a Zatoichi rip-off?!Read more ›
The third in Yamada's "Samurai Trilogy", including The Twilight Samurai ("Tasogare Seibei" 2002) and The Hidden Blade ("Kakushi ken, Oni no tsume" 2004), it is difficult to believe that this is a director who has made his career filming the ubiquitous and repetitive "Tora-san" films, which were released once a year from 1969 till the lead actors death in 1996. Who knew that an artist of this depth lay beneath the guiding hand of the bumbling and familiar traveling salesman Kuruma Torajiro?
The director clearly knows his Japanese pop-culture films, and offers up a riff on the "blind-samurai" genre of films popularized by the long-lasting series Zatoichi, but updating it with modern sensibilities and the kind of warrior weariness found in such films as Ronin Gai and Unforgiven.Read more ›
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Highest recommendation. This movie is first class in every aspect. Tragic and heartwarming at the same time.Published 7 months ago by Kevin B. Shearer
BUSHI NO ICHIBUN (LOVE AND HONOR; SAMURAI'S HONOR [LIT.]). Light Weight And Second Rate.
Rating = ***
Director: Youji Yamada
Film =... Read more
Why did I think this would be a great movie--one word: Yamada. He directed The Hidden Blade which is my all time favorite movie, so I thought Love and Honor would be great, too. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Horace
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