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When the Last Sword Is Drawn

2003 2h 23m History Drama Adventure List
Reviews 87% Audience Score 2,500+ Ratings While a doctor treats his ailing grandson, an old man (Koichi Sato) tells of his complex relationship with a fellow samurai (Kiichi Nakai). Read More Read Less

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Empire Magazine Rated: 4/5 Apr 1, 2006 Full Review Paul Dale The List A stunning and compelling account of a tradition-riddled age which was about to implode on itself. Rated: 3/5 Apr 23, 2019 Full Review Anton Bitel Movie Gazette Rated: 7/10 Jun 18, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

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Sergey B Sad and heart-warming at the same time, a brilliant movie for everyone who appreciates Japanese culture. The end will leave you in tears. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 03/29/24 Full Review Audience Member A horrible film. I admit Kurosawa is a hard act to follow but this was pathetic and completely misunderstood. Didn't even watch the end. Sumimasen. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 02/05/23 Full Review Audience Member Though not as intruiging as The Twilight Samurai, Love and Honor, or The Hidden Blade, the story does keep the movie going and it is well written and played out in flashbacks. It does run out of steam in the end and I honestly thought the ending could've been better. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/09/23 Full Review Audience Member The film lacks in some plots and twists to keep you to your seats but it definitely told some insights in the world of the Shinsengumi, 'The Wolves of Mibu'. I know Saito from Samurai X better, LOL. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/13/23 Full Review Audience Member An astonishing period piece of epic proportions, directed by Y?jir? Takita, (who inexplicably, would later go on to direct Japanese porn), this piece centers around the protagonist, who is more concerned with offering help, than heroics. Always winding up on the bad side of luck, he (Kiichi Nakai) still manages to see the good in everything, and in doing so, becomes far more the example of a good Samurai, than the more skilled, or combative around him. Set towards the end of the Tokugawa period, (1860's) this is movie on par with "Elizabeth: The golden Age" and "The unbearable lightness of being" and while there is sword play, it is not notable in terms of Japanese fight scenes, so if you are looking for a Yojimbo-class action pic this would not be it. However, if you love Japanese sets, music, actors, and a great tale of destiny, I highly recommend this movie. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Audience Member An amazing start for a movie set in old times. Even though time presented is calm and the movie is based on riots. Director has managed to add the thrill most of the western thrillers failed to engage. They best theme which this movie deals is to realize how far one can go to keep their loved ones safe and sound. No matter if it means pain for both sides. Another sub plot where the characters, who in start dislike each other, came to understand each other better then anyone else is depiction of true samurai's with different agenda's and principles. Both characters have been present as contrast of nature as one being humble and greedy while other narcissist and carefree. Grip over the story and the editing is remarkable. Many actors have performed to the reality. Production design is simple and impressive. Costumes are very gentle and about the era. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/11/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis While a doctor treats his ailing grandson, an old man (Koichi Sato) tells of his complex relationship with a fellow samurai (Kiichi Nakai).
Yojiro Takita
Hideshi Miyajima, Nozomu Enoki
Takehiro Nakajima
Production Co
Shochiku Company
History, Drama, Adventure
Original Language
Release Date (DVD)
Dec 27, 2005
2h 23m