Japanese w/ English subtitles
Format: DVD5, Region 1 (NA)
Rating: 18+, Run Time: 104 min.
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1, B&W
Extras: Trailers, Program Notes, Image Gallery
Director: Tadashi IMAI
Screenplay: Shinobu HASHIMOTO
Starring: Eitaro SHINDO, Kinnosuke NAKAMURA, Yoshiko MITA
Warning: Contains Violence.
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Honor demands blood!
A minor quarrel escalates into a duel. A death creates a debt of honor. The demands of honor outweigh the demands of justice, and force friends to spill each other's blood. And the need for victory requires the sacrifice of honor.
One simple argument spawns death, madness, and a final confrontation that will leave the sandy soil soaked with blood.
Starring legendary Japanese actor Kinnosuke Nakamura (Miyamoto Musashi, Bushido - The Cruel Code of the Samurai, The Secret of the Urn)
From Berlin Film Festival Golden Bear winning director Tadashi Imai (Bushido - The Cruel Code of the Samurai)
Written by Japan's top screenplay writer, Shinobu Hasimoto (Seven Samurai, Rashomon, The Hidden Fortress)
"The moral quandary that the characters find themselves in would make this film similar to watching a game of chess, where every move needs to be thought out not only for its immediate outcome but in anticipation of countermoves" -- Coffee, Coffee