Bushi no Ichibun (Love and Honor)
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Yoji Yamada's torchy Japanese drama Love and Honor (aka Bushi no Ichibun) follows the heartbreaking plight of Shinnojo (Yoji Yamada), a young man employed as a "food taster" for the imperial family. Shinnojo's position comes to a sudden and tragic end when he consumes poisoned fish intended for the clan leader and is forever robbed of his sight. Forced to give up his job, Shinnojo thus heads home and sinks into a deep and seemingly inescapable depression. Contemplating suicide, Shinnojo is only stopped by the love of his wife, Kayo, who insists that she will also commit… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"It's an exquisitely crafted melodrama, moving with stately grace toward an understated yet forceful quest for revenge."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"Intricate, artfully constructed and utterly assured, Love And Honour is essential viewing for anyone who has seen Yamada's earlier samurai films. If you haven't, don't miss the chance to see what is a finely tuned example of the genre."
‑ James Mottram, Film4
"Gently paced and delicately played, give this long enough and it becomes a compelling watch that eventually rewards any moral aspirations with a splendid Zatoichi-style scrap that manages to stay its welcome."
‑ Tim Evans, Sky Movies
"dyskoleyetai na kratisei ypo elegho toys melodramatismoys tis, kai sto deytero miso tis se krataei men me sfigmena ta heria ap' tin agonia, katorthoma, omos, poy den eimai sigoyros oti einai kai toso dyskolo, otan s' ehei paei os ekei me ta sagonia tentom"
‑ Joseph Proimakis, Movies for the Masses
"A very satisfying tale that emphasizes one of the genre's key themes: The deepest wound a samurai may suffer does not come from any blade."
‑ Jason Anderson, Globe and Mail
"the movie has only one sword fight, and it consists of only three or four swings of the blade, but don't let that dissuade you. You won't be bored."
‑ Don Willmott, Filmcritic.com
"The storytelling is all rather flat, as is the lighting. And the duel, when it finally comes, is something of an anticlimax."
‑ Wendy Ide, Times [UK]
"The third in director Yoji Yamada's Samurai Trilogy is an enjoyable, well acted drama, with a superb climactic swordfight and a plot that seems to have been lifted straight out of Hollywood melodrama."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"Final installment in samurai trilogy that features a blind swordsman in an utterly distinct fashion from the Zatoichi movies--a far more vulnerable and far more believable hero."
‑ Louis Proyect, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"An impeccably made classic Japanese period picture in which a nobility of spirit is tested amid the most beautiful of settings, revealing the harshness and hypocrisy of a feudal society of the utmost formality and rigidity."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"Feudal honour is challenged by love with overwhelming consequences. Even die hard Zatoichi-ites will admire the deftness of Yamada's masterly direction."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"A fervent, sweet-natured tragic romance."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Veteran director Yamada continues to examine issues of duty and loyalty, sharply using matter-of-fact period detail and deep characterisations."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"Thanks to its focus on internal struggle and domestically confined drama, Love and Honor is the wilting lily of Yamada's trilogy, albeit an exceptionally satisfying romance."
‑ Simon Abrams, New York Press
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