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In this stirring drama, Yoji Yamada concludes his samurai trilogy based on the historical fiction of Shuhei Fujisawa (The Twilight Samurai, The Hidden Blade). Japanese pop idol Takuya Kimura (2046) gives a finely shaded performance as a low-level samurai bored by his official duties as food taster for a shogun. One day the young warrior falls unconscious after sampling toxic fish; when he comes to, he's blind and unemployed. Mutsuo Naganuma's gliding camera circles and dips to amplify decisive moments, while Isao Tomita's lush score adds an epic dimension to this intimate 2006 feature. In Japanese with subtitles. 122 min.

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