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Love And Honour (Bushi no ichibun) Review

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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.

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