When the Last Sword Is Drawn
|When the Last Sword Is Drawn|
Theatrical poster for When the Last Sword Is Drawn (2003)
|Directed by||Yōjirō Takita|
|Produced by||Nozomu Enoki
|Written by||Jiro Asada (story)
|Music by||Joe Hisaishi|
|Editing by||Nobuko Tomita|
|Running time||137 min.|
When the Last Sword Is Drawn (壬生義士伝 Mibu Gishi Den?) is a 2003 Japanese movie directed by Yōjirō Takita loosely based on real historical events. When the Last Sword Is Drawn won the Best Film award at the 2004 Japanese Academy Awards, as well as the prizes for Best Actor (Kiichi Nakai) and Best Supporting Actor (Koichi Sato). It received a further eight nominations.
The film tells the story of two Shinsengumi samurai. One of them is Saitō Hajime (played by Kōichi Satō), a heartless killer and the other is Yoshimura Kanichiro (played by Kiichi Nakai), who appears to be a money-grubbing and emotional swordsman from the northern area known as Nambu Morioka. The main storyline is set during the fall of the Tokugawa shogunate, but it is told in a series of flashbacks as two characters reminisce. The themes include conflicting loyalty to the clan, lord, and family.
More than just a story of swordplay, it is the story of a man willing to do anything for the good of his family, even if it means never being able to see them.
- Kiichi Nakai — Yoshimura Kanichiro
- Kōichi Satō — Saitō Hajime
- Yui Natsukawa — Shizu/Mitsu
- Takehiro Murata — Ono Chiaki
- Miki Nakatani — Nui
- Yuji Miyake — Ohno Jiroemon
- Eugene Nomura — Hijikata Toshizo
- Masato Sakai — Okita Soji
- Atsushi Ito — Young Chiaki Ono
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