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2003

Mibugishiden

When the Last Sword is Drawn

壬生義士伝

(c) When the Last Sword is Drawn by Yojiro Takita in 2002 / Shochiku Co., Ltd.

(c) When the Last Sword is Drawn by Yojiro Takita in 2002 / Shochiku Co., Ltd.

(c) When the Last Sword is Drawn by Yojiro Takita in 2002 / Shochiku Co., Ltd.

(c) When the Last Sword is Drawn by Yojiro Takita in 2002 / Shochiku Co., Ltd.

Release Date
January, 18th, 2003
Running Time
137 min
Genre
Feature
Color
Color
Screening Format
35mm

[ Directed by ]

[ Produced by ]

[ Cast ]

[ Staff ]

[ Production Company ]

SHOCHIKU, TV TOKYO, DENTSU, Eisei Gekijo, CULTURE PUBLISHERS, IWATE BROADCASTING

[ Story ]

Saito (Sato Koichi) brings his grandchild to the doctor and notices a picture of a man named Yoshimura Kanichiro (Nakai Kiichi), with whom he fought together many years before in the government's Shinsengumi militia. The doctor's father was Yoshimura's childhood friend who looked up to Yoshimura as his teacher. While Saito felt some of Yoshimura's behaviour was inappropriate for a samurai, he's never left his mind. While Saito listens to the doctor's talk about Yoshimura, his thoughts drift back to the past. Yoshimura leaves his samurai clan and becomes a ronin for the Shinsengumi militia to provide for his wife and child. While loving his hometown of Morioka and his wife, he is also very kind to Nui (Nakatani Miki), with whom Saito is in love. After the battle of Toba-Fushimi, where the Shinsengumi finally collapsed, people believed that Yoshimura had been killed in a hail of gunfire. In fact, he survived, only to commit harakiri at the home of his best friend. By chance, Saito later meets the person who witnessed Yoshimura's death.
Adapted by veteran director Takita Yojiro from Asada Jiro's novel of the same name, with music by master composer Hisaishi Joe.

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