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||IMDB Rating: 7.2/10 from N/A votes
||Release: 10 Jul 2010 /
||Genre: Action, History
||Director: Hideyuki Hirayama,
||Stars: Action, History
||Synopsis: A talented but troubled Edo Period swordsman, Kanemi Sanzawmon. Three years earlier, Kanemi killed a woman, Renko, the corrupt mistress of the powerful daimyo Tabu Ukyou. Unexpectedly, ...
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Hisshi Ken Torisashi is an excellently crafted samurai movie that shows
much of how samurai lived in their days.
A local lord of a small clan, Ukyoudayu (Jun Murakami) was taken by the
charm of his first mistress Renko (Megumi Seki), and allowed her to
perform unspeakable act of cruelty to the members of his clan.
Sanzaemon (Etsushi Toyokawa) is a low level samurai working for
Ukyoudayu, but hearing of the atrocities performed by Renko he decides
to assassinate her.
After an afternoon dance show at the lord's castle, he approaches her
and stabs her in the chest killing her. In this he's committed two
cardinal sin that samurai should never do. One is to draw a sword
within the castle ground, and the other of course is to use it against
the lord's mistress. He surrenders himself, and expects to be beheaded,
but the verdict unexpectedly for him, turns out to be house arrest for
one year, and a reduction of salary. A mere slap in the hand compared
to the crime he's committed. But like a true samurai he locks himself
up in a storage shed, boards up the windows, and spends a year in self
imposed imprisonment with only contact to the world being his deceased
wife's niece Rio (Chizuru Ikewaki) who brings him food.
After the year is up, Sanzaemon now a free man, is permitted to serve
the lord again. Two years later, he is called by the elder of the clan
Minbu Tsuda (Ittoku Kishibe), and is told that he's been promoted to
the rank of his lord's head personal attendant, and his salary would be
increased back to its former amount. Baffled, he asks Minbu why he
would be promoted to such a position. Minbu's answers that the lord has
regretted his past behavior. He's heard about the stoic ways Sanzaemon
has performed his house arrest, and is pleased with his act. Lord
believes that such material should not be wasted, and decided to use
him in a more important role. In this conversation, Minbu asks
Sanzaemon that he's heard Sanzaemon is a master swordsman, and his
style has a secret tact called "Torizashi". Sanzaemon explains that
when a man uses "Torizashi" it is when he is near dead.
Meanwhile, lord Ukyodayu's corrupt ways of running his clan is causing
havoc amongst the farmers in his fiefdom. His step brother Hayatonojyo
Obiya (Koji Kikkawa) has been critical of the way the clan was
mismanaged since the days of lady Renko. His anger towards the lord was
mounting. Minbu had a plan to use Sanzaemon's swords skill against
Obiya who is also known for his skills. Sanzaemon unaware, is trying to
match make Rio with clan's younger samurai. Rio is divorced ( a
situation very rare at the time, and carried certain amount of shame
and guilt) but Sanzaemon wishes her to have a new start. Rio refuses,
but Sanzaemon tells her "Woman's happiness is in marriage.", in reply,
Rio answers "I've been married but was not happy. I wish to stay here
and to serve you.". Rio was actually secretly in love with Sanzaemon.
One rainy day, Obiya storms into the castle alone. Sanzaemon sensing
danger, tells the lord to flee, and he goes to face Obiya who is coming
with his hands on the sword. Minbu's plot to use Sanzaemon against
Obiya and put the blame of his death on Sanzaemon claiming he went
insane and killed Obiya (thus saving clan's face from admitting
internal strife had happened), is about to hatch - but with unexpected
result for Minbu.
The title "Torizashi" comes from a move Sanzaemon used to catch a bird
with long stick with sticky rice at its tip (traditional way birds were
caught in Japan). You will see the connection at the end of the movie.
This movie is based on writer Shuhei Fujisawa's short novel which was
part of his "Hidden Sword" series that includes "Kakushiken Onino
Tsume", and "Bushi no ichibun" (both were made into recent movies), is
an excellent samurai drama that shows the way of samurai (Bushido), and
frequently corrupt politics of the clan. The sword fighting scenes are
some of the best (as it is with the other two novels that were made
into movies), and comes closest to the ones done in the golden age of
It's an explosive story with unexpected twist at every turn, and it is
highly recommended for viewing..
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