Did she just prostitute the family pride
for 30 koku of rice?
At a glance:
Rei Dan 檀れい as Kayo
– the finer points of dyin are again available on general release!
When do we die? Why do we die? How should we die? In a year of movie
trilogies (some would hope they stop at just the three), Yoji Yamada
puts forth Love And Honor 武士の一分(2006) the third film of his samurai series after Twilight Samurai(2002) and Hidden Blade (2004). The billin for this movie could almost fool
someone into thinking it might resemble that Tom Cruise Hollywood
schlock, The Last Samurai, especially its choice of English titlin,
but all the solid, subtle elements of arthouse cinema are thankfully
retained. The skinny? In feudal Japan, official Court taster
Shinnojo Mimura lives with his wife, Kayo, in the palace town. They get
by comfortably enough with his 30-koku (enough rice to feed one
person for one year) annual salary, although he had always wanted
somethin more challengin, like openin a kendo dojo to teach young kids. Tragedy strikes by way of fish [spoilers] – a sashimi
dish was prepared poorly and Shimmojo is poisoned. Upon recovery, he
discovers he's blind. Kayo and concerned relatives fuss over the fate
of the couple, as Shinnojo is now rendered useless in the palace town
and his wife wants to work (big no-no). Fortune favours the blind
samurai when palace officials issue a decree which would support him for
life but Kayo is implicated in a possible sex-for-food trade-off with
one pervy Chief Duty Officer. Did she just prostitute the family pride
for 30 koku of rice? Disgraced, Shinnojo divorces her without
investigatin further, and challenges the 'receivin' official to a
sword duel. Yet, there's still a way out for everyone.
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WHAT'S THIS BLOG ABOUT?
I'm dying - but then again, I've been dying for some 30 years now. Before I meet my Maker, I hope to put up 7,777 movie reviews here for the unhealthy number of films I've watched in my lifetime. I probably won't be an Internet hero but it's a great way to stay in touch, especially when I'm gone. - Zee Movieman a.k.a. The Joker