THE HIDDEN BLADE (Kakushi Ken Oni no Tsume)
2004 – Color – 131 minutes – Digital Anamorphic Widescreen (16:9)
Starring: NAGASE Masatoshi
MATSU Takako, OGATA Ken
Original Story by: FUJISAWA Shuhei
Directed by: YAMADA Yoji
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From the director of THE TWILIGHT SAMURAI, this is not a sequel, but another tale of Japan's noble warriors in the latter days of the feudal system. More entertaining in many ways than the previous film, this tells the story of Katagiri Munezo, a low-ranking retainer of the Unasaka Clan located on the northwest coast of Japan's main island.
The introduction of modern warfare tactics are disputed by some of the old-line samurai, and when a clan member is charged with plotting to overthrow the shogunate, it falls upon Katagiri as the clan's strongest swordsman to execute the rebel. Ironically, his former dojo brother and the only one to ever beat him in a match.
Can the secret technique "The Hidden Blade-Devil's Talon" be used to defeat his former friend, or must he find another method?
Against the backdrop of old-line samurai training in modern artillery and repeating rifles, a man stands tall with only his sword in hand!