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R| 2 hr. 12 min.

Plot Summary
A lower-class samurai, named Katagiri, secretly loves Kie, a servant in his family's household. Eventually their perception of honor forces them to part, and he must turn his focus toward a disheartening task. His old friend, Yaichiro Hazama, has been fomenting rebellion against the government, and Katagiri must hunt him down and kill him.

Cast: Masatoshi Nagase , Takako Matsu , Hidetaka Yoshioka , Yukiyoshi Ozawa , Tomoko Obata , Reiko Takashima , Min Tanaka , Nenji Kobayashi

Director: Yôji Yamada

Genres: Historical drama

Distributor: Tartan Films USA

The Hidden Blade (2004)

Release Date: June 23rd, 2006|2 hr. 12 min.

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  • Deeply affecting, "Blade'' portrays an oddly elegant way of life that will soon be like the era in that other movie, "Gone With the Wind." show more

  • Both epic and intimate, this impassioned samurai drama is for anyone who's ever watched a movie and muttered, "They just don't make 'em like they used to." show more

  • Casually paced and filled with telling detail, Yamada's delicate drama with swordplay (there's not much, but what there is packs an emotional wallop) transcends its specific setting in its depiction of Katagiri's internal struggle. show more

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