SWORD OF DESPERATION
2010 – Color - 114 min. – DIGITAL ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (16:9)
Starring: TOYOKAWA Etsushi
IKEWAKI Chizuru, KIKKAWA Koji
TANAKA Sogen, TAKIGAWA Risho
Original Story by: FUJISAWA Shuhei
Directed by: HIRAYAMA Hideyuki
In order to save his fief, expert swordsman Kanemi Sanzaemon publicly assassinates his lord’s favorite concubine. Instead of being decapitated, he is sentenced to solitary confinement for one year, then ordered to serve as the lord’s bodyguard. This thrilling tale of honor, intrigue and deception inevitabvly ends in bloodshed and betrayal.
A talented but troubled Edo Period swordsman, Kanemi Sanzaemon. Three years earlier, Kanemi killed a woman, Renko, the corrupt mistress of the powerful daimyo Tabu Ukyou. Unexpectedly, Kanemi received a lenient sentence for his crime and is allowed to return to his clan after only one year of imprisonment. Following his return, Kanemi is faced with the death of his wife, Mutsue. Thereafter, Kanemi lives with and cares for his wife's niece, Satoo, who has secret affections for Kanemi and expresses them by helping change his bleak outlook on life. Meanwhile, Kanemi's develops his unique "bird-catching" sword technique which he will soon put to test in battle for the first time against the fearsome swordsman, Hayatonosho Obiya.