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Love and Honour (2006)

Bushi no ichibun (original title)
PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 2 November 2007 (USA)
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A look at the relationship between a young blind samurai (Kimura) and his wife, who will make a sacrifice in order to defend her husband's honor.

Director:

Yôji Yamada

Writers:

Shûhei Fujisawa (novel), Yôji Yamada | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Takuya Kimura ... Shinnojo Mimura
Rei Dan ... Kayo Mimura
Mitsugorô Bandô Mitsugorô Bandô ... Toya Shimada
Takashi Sasano Takashi Sasano ... Tokuhei
Kaori Momoi ... Ine Hatano
Nenji Kobayashi Nenji Kobayashi ... Sakunosuke Higuchi
Ken Ogata Ken Ogata ... Shinnojo's fencing instructor
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Makoto Akatsuka Makoto Akatsuka
Toshiki Ayata Toshiki Ayata ... Kanjuro Takigawa
Z. Charles Bolton Z. Charles Bolton ... Man B (voice)
Duncan Brannan ... Hori / Senior Chief (voice)
Cole Brown Cole Brown ... Sensei (voice)
Chris Burnett ... Shinsuke (voice)
Colleen Clinkenbeard ... Kayo Mimura (voice)
Justin Cook ... Noge (voice)
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Storyline

Shinnojo, a low level samurai, lives with his pretty, dutiful and loyal wife Kayo. He has come to find his position in a castle as a food-taster for a feudal lord to be boring and pointless, and talks about opening a kendo school open to boys of all castes where he can teach the use of the sword. Before he can act on his dream he becomes ill with a fever after tasting some sashimi made from shell fish, but an investigation reveals that the poisoning was not due to a human conspiracy, but a poor choice of food out of season. After three days he awakes but finds that the toxin from the food has blinded him. Kayo is summoned by Shinnojo's family to explain how the couple will survive. His uncle laments that he no longer knows anybody with influence in the castle, and asks Kayo if she knows of anybody. She relates how Toya Shimada, the chief duty officer in the castle and a samurai of high rank, offered to help and they tell her to act upon his offer of assistance. A message from the ... Written by Brian Greenhalgh

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

2 November 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Osaka, Japan

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,234, 4 May 2008

Gross USA:

$60,910

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$33,755,574
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the film it is mentioned repeatedly that the main character of Shinnojo Miura receives a yearly stipend of 30 koku. During the Edo period of Japan a koku was a unit of measure that had the equivalent of one year's worth of rice for a person (approx. 150 kg). For a samurai 30 koku was a small salary and Shinnojo was thus of a low level. Incidentally, the title character from another of Yôji Yamada's films The Twilight Samurai (2002) also receives a 30 koku stipend after having 20 koku deducted from his 50 koku salary to pay for his recently deceased wife's funeral. See more »

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It is not stated why, when blinded, he could not continue with his food tasting role, for which sight is not required. See more »

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Shinnojo Mimura: Be resolved you will both die. In that lies victory. Life lies in resolve for death.
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Not the best rendition of Shuhei Fujisawa's novel, but still pretty good
25 August 2011 | by ebiros2See all my reviews

Others have commented on the story so I will skip the synopsis.

The story is about human drama, and the unusual talent the main character has that leads to bombastic climax. This is typical Shuhei Fujisawa's style, and this story is no exception.

What took away from the story compared to other Shuhei Fujisawa based movie is the poor acting by Takuya Kimura. His impatient and jittery personality shows in his acting, and the poor ways he speaks the dialog all takes away from the proper mood of the story. As the member of SMAP - a Japanese idol group, his acting DNA was bread for more modern situation, and probably isn't a good match for a period drama like this one. I couldn't get the feeling that this was a samurai living several hundred years ago. His poor dialog skill also was evident in more recent movie Uchuu Senkan Yamato as well. Another period piece starring his SMAP colleague Shingo Katori's "Zatoichi The Final" was also a flop, attesting to the mismatch of SMAP member with samurai movies.

So the main focus was weak, but the movie still has quality all its own. The sword fight scene was superb like other Fujisawa novel based movies. As a samurai movie, this is still one of the best in recent years, and is recommended along with other Shuhei Fujisawa movies such as Hisshiken Torizashi, and Hana no Ato.


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