The shame-stained suicide of his father spurs a samurai to both master his weapon and lose himself in the work he finds as a crop inspector. His reunion with a childhood sweetheart, who now serves as one of his employer's concubines, brings back tragic memories and a renewed thirst to confront the forces of fate with his trusted blade. Stunning Japanese saga stars Somegoro Ichikawa, Yoshino Kimura. 131 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: Japanese Dolby Digital 5.1; Subtitles: English; interview. In Japanese with English subtitles.