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When the Last Sword Is Drawn (2002)

Mibu gishi den (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 18 January 2003 (Japan)
A samurai goes to extraordinary lengths to provide for his family.

Director:

Yôjirô Takita

Writers:

Jirô Asada (story), Takehiro Nakajima
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Cast

Credited cast:
Kiichi Nakai ... Kanichiro Yoshimura
Kôichi Satô ... Hajime Saitô
Yui Natsukawa ... Shizu / Mitsu
Takehiro Murata Takehiro Murata ... Chiaki Ono
Miki Nakatani ... Nui
Yûji Miyake Yûji Miyake ... Jiroemon Ono
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Masayoshi Haneda
Yoshinori Hiruma Yoshinori Hiruma ... Shinpachi Nagakura
Keisuke Horibe ... Yasunoshin Shinohara
Atsushi Itô Atsushi Itô ... Young Chiaki Ono
Hideaki Itô ... Yoshinobu Tokugawa
Ryô Kase ... Shûhei Kondô
Momo Nakayama Momo Nakayama ... Young Mitsu Yoshimura
Eugene Nomura ... Toshizô Hijikata
Ayumu Saitô Ayumu Saitô ... Kashitaro Itô
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Storyline

Kanichiro Yoshimura is a Samurai and Family man who can no longer support his wife and children on the the low pay he receives from his small town clan, he is forced by the love for his family to leave for the city in search of higher pay to support them. In his search he joins a notorious clan, known as the Shinsengumi where he does as much as possible to get money. Looked at as a money grubber,Yoshimura proves his strength physically and mentally by being loyal to his honor. During the dramatic period, with the rise of the Emperor and the fall of the Shogun. Yoshimura shows us the struggle of life in a personal way, by changing the lives of the people he meets and the way life is looked at. Written by C. Maginnis

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Trivia

The title "Mibu gishi den" literally means "Story of the Righteous Samurai of Mibu," and alludes to the "Ako gishi," better known in the West as the 47 Ronin. See more »

Quotes

Kaichirô Yoshimura: I can't leave the father I loved to cross the River of Death alone.
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moving, excellent movie
4 April 2004 | by martiusSee all my reviews

I've read others comment about this movie and I agree most of them. This movie is over 2hours but when you interact with this movie .. time really flies by. This main charater of this movie Yoshimura which is a unique person. He's a goofy clownish but most skilled samurai who's kindheart and thinks of others before himself.

WIthout revealing too much, at the end is very sad and I couldn't hold my tears in ;-) I recommend this movie highly those who likes action and drama. :)

Rate: 9/10


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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

18 January 2003 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

A Última Espada See more »

Filming Locations:

Nanbu, Aomori, Japan See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,487,338
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Runtime:

(heavily cut)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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