When the Last Sword Is Drawn

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When the Last Sword Is Drawn
When the Last Sword Is Drawn.jpg
Theatrical poster for When the Last Sword Is Drawn (2003)
Directed byYōjirō Takita[1]
Produced byNozomu Enoki
Hideji Miyajima
Screenplay byTakehiro Nakajima
Based onWhen the Last Sword Is Drawn
by Jiro Asada
StarringKiichi Nakai
Kōichi Satō
Yui Natsukawa
Takehiro Murata
Music byJoe Hisaishi
CinematographyTakeshi Hamada
Edited byNobuko Tomita
Distributed byShochiku
Release date
  • November 4, 2002 (2002-11-04)
Running time
137 minutes
CountryJapan
LanguageJapanese
Budget$4,000,000[2]
Box office$2,487,338[3]

When the Last Sword Is Drawn (壬生義士伝, Mibu Gishi Den) is a 2002 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 (Kōichi Satō). It received a further eight nominations.[4]

Synopsis[edit]

The film tells the story of two Shinsengumi samurai. Saitō Hajime (played by Kōichi Satō) is a heartless killer. Yoshimura Kanichiro (played by Kiichi Nakai) appears to be a money-grabbing 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 the two men reminisce. The themes include conflicting loyalty to the clan, lord, and family.

More than just 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.

Cast[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Infobox data from 壬生義士伝 (in Japanese). Japanese Movie Database. Retrieved 2009-05-16. and Mibu gishi den (2003) on IMDb
  2. ^ "Box office / business for When the Last Sword is Drawn (2002)". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2016-11-16.
  3. ^ "Mibu gishi den". Boxofficemojo.com. Retrieved 2016-11-16.
  4. ^ "Awards for Mibu gishi den (2003)" (in Japanese). Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2009-05-05.

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