The relationship between a young blind samurai and his wife is threatened when she makes a sacrifice in order to defend his honor.
Returning to the author of Twilight Samurai and The Hidden Blade, Yoji Yamada completes his Shuhei Fujisawa trilogy with a revenge drama of restraint and integrity. Having been blinded as a food-taster to the shogun, Takuya Kimura discovers that his wife Rei Dan slept with castle official Mitsuguro Bando in the hope he would secure her husband a stipend. Banishing thoughts of seppuku, he he accuses Bando of rape and challenges him to a duel. This is an exquisite study in subtly shifting moods that are reflected by the passing seasons and Kimura's realisation that love is stronger than honour. Even die hard Zatoichi-ites will admire the deftness of Yamada's masterly direction.
Feudal honour is challenged by love with overwhelming consequences. Even die hard Zatoichi-ites will admire the deftness of Yamada's masterly direction.