The Hidden Blade (2004)
As westernized forms of warfare find influence in 19th-century Japan, displaced samurai Munezo Katagiri (Masatoshi Nagase) is ordered to kill a friend who mounted an unsuccessful coup attempt against the shogun. Seeking advice from a former mentor, the troubled warrior learns a secret technique he must now decide to use in the service of his masters or to maintain his own honor. Takako Matsu, Hidetaka Yoshioka also star. 132 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: Japanese DTS 5.1, Dolby Digital 5.1; Subtitles: English, Spanish; theatrical trailers. In Japanese with English subtitles.