|THE HIDDEN BLADE|
ORIGINAL Japanese Version NOT the poorly translated and subtitled Hong Kong Version!
Directed by : Yamada Yoji
Starring : Nagase Masatoshi, Matsu Takako
A loving depiction of the bygone days of samurai heroism. It is mid-nineteenth century Japan, and the way of the samurai is fading, as Western influences and corruption are slowly taking hold in Japan.
A samurai, whose adherence to his code of honor is tested by the forces around him rescues a woman who's being abused in her married life, but as a silent romance blossoms between them, his corrupt superiors challenge the samurai's honor. And when his clan orders him to kill a fellow samurai fallen to corruption, can this man of honor - who has never killed - complete his duty?
Full of fascinating detail and sublime humanity, The Hidden Blade is a marvelously-realized film that represents the best of what current Japanese cinema has to offer.
2004 Color Widscreen 131 Min.
Japanese with English subtitles