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For over 25 years, AnimEigo has specialized in releasing the finest in subtitled Japanese Anime and Live-Action films.


Sword of Desperation

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Sword of Desperation


Japanese w/ English subtitles
Format: DVD9, Region 1 (NA)
Rating: 18+, Run Time: 114 min.
Released: 2010
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Extras: Program Notes, Image Gallery, Theatrical Trailers
Director: Hideyuki HIRAYAMA
Author(s): Hidehiro ITO, Itaru ERA, Shuhei FUJISAWA
Starring: Chizuru IKEWAKI, Etsushi TOYOKAWA, Koji KIKKAWA
Warning: Contains violence.
© 2010 Sword of Desperation Production Committee

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He was sentenced not to death, but to life

Note: This title is now out-of-print.

Expert swordsman KANEMI Sanzaemon is, first and foremost, a man of principle. In order to save his clan from the corrupting influence of his lord's favorite concubine, he publicly assassinates her, fully expecting it will result in his own death by seppuku. 

Instead, he is sentenced to solitary confinement for an entire year, then released under one inexplicable condition: he must now serve as the lord's bodyguard. 

This thrilling, masterfully stylized tale of honor, intrigue and betrayal culminates in an explosive battle in which nothing is as it appears to be. 

  • Directed by Hideyuki Hirayama

  • 6 nominations for 2011 Japanese Academy Awards

  • Based on the novel by Shohei FUJISAWA, author of the Oscar-nominated "The Twilight Samurai"