Film

Sword of Desperation
FILM

Sword of Desperation

必死剣 鳥刺し (Hisshiken Torisashi)
New York Premiere
Tuesday, July 12, 2011



2010. 114 min., 35mm, in Japanese with English subtitles.
Directed by Hideyuki Hirayama. With Etsushi Toyokawa, Chizuru Ikewaki, Koji Kikkawa, Naho Toda, Jun Murakami, Megumi Seki, Fumiyo Kohinata,  Ittoku Kishibe.

“exquisite, resonant drama” - Simon Foster, SBS (Australia)

A starkly sumptuous and brutal tale of bushido, “the way of the warrior.” Wishing to end her destructive influence, Sanzaemon abruptly kills the favored concubine of his lord, Ukyo. Sentencing the samurai to a mere year of house arrest, Ukyo bides his time, waiting for revenge. Ultimately Sanzaemon must fight for his life and honor.

Part of Japan Cuts 2011: The New York Festival of Contemporary Japanese Cinema

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