Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Takako Matsue, Masatoshi Nagage

Greenbelt 1, Cinema 2


A really simple movie set in feudal Japan. A time and place where the samurai warriors are no longer needed, where they are taught to be more modern, to use guns instead of their swords. Amidst the background of picturesque snow capped villages and lush mountainous areas lies a touching yet forbidden love story. Between a samurai lord and his maid, both destined for each other yet separated due to their difference in stature and their caste system. There isn't much fighting scenes as you would expect from a samurai movie. Yet the scenes where they use their skills as warriors is a very vital part of the movie. It is also about corrupt feudal lords and a conflict among friends. Strange enough, we only get the meaning of the title, Hidden Blade towards the end of the movie but the act itself is really justifiable.
I have to admit I am not a fan of Japanese movies, but if only they made them as simple and endearing as this film then I would surely watch them more.

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