|Genres:||Action, Drama, History|
|Crew:||Director: Masaki Kobayashi | Screenplay: Shinobu Hashimoto | Novel: Yasuhiko Takiguchi | Associate Producer: Gin'ichi Kishimoto | Development Manager: Makoto Naito | Original Music Composer: Toru Takemitsu | Editor: Hisashi Sagara | Art Direction: Shigemasa Toda | Sound: Hideo Nishizaki | Art Direction: Junpei Oosumi|
Aging samurai Hanshiro Tsugumo arrives at the home of Kageyu Saito and asks to commit a ritual suicide on the property, which Saito thinks is a ploy to gain pity and a job. Saito tells Tsugumo of another samurai, Motome Chijiiwa, who threatened suicide as a stratagem, only to be forced to follow through on the task. When Tsugumo reveals that Chijiiwa was his son-in-law, the disclosure sets off a fierce conflict.
This is an amazing Japanese classic written and filmed without flaw. The action unfolds in story-telling within story-telling. This is a film about truth. Whose truth? That is the unfoldment. In a perverted way, this amazing piece of work has become predictive of Western corporate banking. Perhaps you'll see what I mean at the end of the film.