Previously at the ICA - Films
12 Dec 2008 – 15 Jan 2009
**** Channel 4
"A fervent, sweet-natured tragic romance." The Guardian
"Yamada...is a director who knows precisely what he is doing". The Evening Standard
We are very happy to be releasing this beautifully sustained and stylish final film in Japanese film-maker Yoji Yamada's samurai trilogy (following the Oscar-nominated The Twilight Samurai and The Hidden Blade). Court food taster Shinnojo (Japanese superstar Takuya Kimura) goes blind and his wife tries to provide for them, but is seduced by a feudal boss. Shinnojo feels his honour has been sullied and he wants revenge, so he is forced into a deadly blind-man's duel. Cue elegant and refined swordplay in impressively traditional style.
Dir Yoji Yamada, Japan, 2007, 121 mins, subtitles, Cert 12A