Sword of Desperation

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Sword of Desperation
Sword of Desperation poster.jpeg
HepburnHisshiken Torisashi
Directed byHideyuki Hirayama
Produced byHidehiro Ito
Written by
Release date
  • July 10, 2010 (2010-07-10)
Running time
114 minutes

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 Hidehiro Itō and Itaru Era, based on a novel by Shūhei Fujisawa. It was produced by Hidehiro Itō.


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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