THE PASS: LAST DAYS OF THE SAMURAI
A story of 690 "last samurais" who fought agaist an army of five thousand.
Amid the civil war of the Bakumatsu era, karō Kawai Tsuginosuke of Nagaoka-Han, a small feudal domain in the Echigo region, aims for an armed neutrality policy for the sake of his people. However, peace talks break down, and Tsuginosuke decides to do the just thing which is to fight the army closing in from the west. The film is a silent yet powerful political drama with an intensity that changes Tsuginosuke, his family, the Han, and the entire movie into samurais. The karō, played by Koji Yakusho, is surrounded by naysayers, but he drags them – and the viewers – to battle with his spirited action.
Director Takashi Koizumi
Actor Koji Yakusho, Takako Matsu, Kyoko Kagawa, Min Tanaka, Kento Nagayama, Kyoko Yoshine, Ryuta Bando
Japan｜ 2022｜ 114min｜ ｜ ｜
- Human drama
Takashi Koizumi [Film Director]
Koizumi was born in Mito, Ibaraki, in 1944. He started his apprenticeship under director Akira Kurosawa in 1970 and worked as his assistant for 28 years. He made his debut as a director with After the Rain (2000) based on the last screenplay by Kurosawa which won him the CinemAwenire Award at the Venice Film Festival and eight Japanese Academy Awards including Best Film. Later, he directed Letters from the Mountains (2002), The Professor and His Beloved Equation (2006), Best Wishes for Tomorrow (2008), and A Samurai Chronicle (2014), winning various awards including the Japanese Academy Awards. He has also worked as a screenwriter for Samurai’s Promise (2018).
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