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Love and Honour

  • Film
  • 2 out of 5 stars

Time Out says

2 out of 5 stars
Japanese journeyman Yamada achieved late recognition with his 2002 costume drama ‘Twilight Samurai’, and he’s now rounded that film out into a trilogy, all sourced from the same prolific novelist Shuhei Fujisawa – and all dealing with low-level samurai facing crises in the waning days of Japanese feudalism. Here, former pop star Takuya Kimura proves adequate as the food-taster who saves his lord from death by toxic shellfish yet is blinded in the process. Unemployment and poverty loom, and the situation’s exacerbated when a scheming official takes advantage of his loyal wife (Rei Dan). How can a blind man effect revenge? It’s a satisfying story, played out in decorous period surroundings of the classic warrior tale but Yamada’s 79th film lacks any hint of surprise or excitement.
Written by Trevor Johnston

Release Details

  • Rated:12A
  • Release date:Friday 12 December 2008
  • Duration:122 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Yoji Yamada
  • Screenwriter:Yoji Yamada, Emiko Hiramatsu, Ichiro Yamamoto
  • Cast:
    • Kimura Takuya
    • Rei Dan
    • Mitsugoro Bando
    • Takashi Sasano
    • Kaori Momoi
    • Nenji Kobayashi
    • Takuya Kimura
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