Sword of Desperation

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Sword of Desperation
Sword of Desperation poster.jpeg
Japanese 必死剣鳥刺し
Hepburn Hisshiken Torisashi
Directed by Hideyuki Hirayama
Produced by Hidehiro Ito
Written by Shûhei Fujisawa
Starring Etsushi Toyokawa
Chizuru Ikewaki
Koji Kikkawa
Release dates
  • July 10, 2010 (2010-07-10)
Running time
114 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese

Sword of Desperation (必死剣鳥刺し Hisshiken Torisashi?) is a 2010 Japanese jidaigeki drama film directed by Hideyuki Hirayama. It was released in Japan on July 10, 2010.[1] It was written by Shûhei Fujisawa, based on a novel by Hidehiro Ito and Itaru Era. It was produced by Hidehiro Ito.


Samurai Kanemi Sanzaemon murders Lady Renko, one of his Lord's concubines. He is put into solitary confinement for twelve months. Through flashbacks his noble intentions are revealed. Two years after release he is made the lords chief attendant. His humility after release has brought him back into favour.

The term Sword of Desperation is from an alternative name of the 'Bird catcher' sword technique that Sanzaemon developed.



  1. ^ "必死剣 鳥刺し(2010)". allcinema (in Japanese). Stingray. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 

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