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"! Nagisa Oshima is Japan's Greatest Living Filmaker."- J. Hoberman, Village Voice

In this thrilling drama by the legendary Japanese director Nagisa Oshima (In the Realm of the Senses and Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence). Japan's rigid samurai code is threatened by the emotional whirlwinds of passion and desire.

Set in 1865 Kyoto, the story centers on a samurai militia unit that fiercely defends the shogunate. Desperately in need of new recruits, the unit enlists 18-year-old Kano, a fearless warrior whose mesmerizing good looks immediately intrigue his fellow students, superiors and even his captain (Beat Takeshi, Fireworks and Brother).

Before long, Kano's bewitching beauty stirs up jealously and competition within the militia. After a series of mysterious murders provoke further suspicion, disorder erupts. The visually tantalizing sword fights become eroticized rituals devoted to the f-rces of sex and death, exploding into a final image of exquisite beauty and fury.


  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added May 16 2002
  • Production Year 1999
  • Empire SKU 209987
  • UPC Code 717119791247
  • Studio  New Yorker
  • Packaging Keep
  • Number of Discs 1
  • Disc SS-SL
  • Subtitles English


Scene Selections
Cast and Crew Profiles
Theatrical Trailer


  • Audio
    Japanese Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Video
    Widescreen 1.85:1 Color

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