A touching film depicting the wholehearted life of a nameless samurai who joined the Shinsengumi
|Cast||Kiichi Nakai, Koichi Sato, Yui Natsukawa|
In Bakumatsu, Yoshimura Kanichiro joins the Shinsengumi from Nambu Morioka. In the world of the samurai where honour is valued and death not feared, he strongly wished to survive, and fought for money. Pretext, authority, honour. He did not care for these things. He bluntly lived for those whom he loved. His wife and children in his hometown, friends, comrades; Kanichiro lived for those he cared for. Gradually, even the soldiers who scorned him as a miser begin to realize. This man's justice, is his love as a human. A story of a man who lived astonishingly purely, even in his turbulent fate.
(Director) Born in Toyama. Debuted as director in 1981. “Comic Magazine” (’86) was a great success at the New York Film Festival. “When the Last Sword is Drawn” (’03) won Best Film at the Japan Academy Prize, and with “Departures” (’08), Best Film and Best Director at the Japan Academy Awards. He was also awarded Best International Feature Film by the Academy Awards, for the first time as Japan. It received high praise domestically and internationally. He continues to produce film enthusiastically, with “Sanpei the Fisher Boy” (’09) and “Tenchi: The Samurai Astronomer” (’12). 2017, “The Last Recipe” was released. His latest film is “Sakura Guardian in the North” (’18). He has been awarded the Medal of Honour with Purple Ribbon in 2014.