Love and Honor
Love and Honor (2007)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: November 2, 2007
DVD Release Date: November 11, 2008
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Critic Score: 79% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The third in director in Yoji Yamada's samurai trilogy is enjoyable, intricately made and well acted.

Trevor Johnston
Time Out

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.

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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times

It's an exquisitely crafted melodrama, moving with stately grace toward an understated yet forceful quest for revenge.

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James Mottram

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.

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Jason Anderson
Globe and Mail

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.

Don Willmott

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.

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Wendy Ide
Times (UK)

The storytelling is all rather flat, as is the lighting. And the duel, when it finally comes, is something of an anticlimax.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

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.

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David Parkinson
Empire Magazine

Feudal honour is challenged by love with overwhelming consequences. Even die hard Zatoichi-ites will admire the deftness of Yamada's masterly direction.

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Peter Bradshaw

A fervent, sweet-natured tragic romance.

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
Luke Baldock
Love and Honor is even greater than Yamada's previous films Twilight Samurai and Hidden Blade. He has perfected his style of serene and subtle tales of… More
Sanjaya 丘耀文
A very very Japanese movie.. It shows us the real faces of the Japanese in the past... The story was ordinary, but the directing was pretty good... So it was a… More
danny d
this is a beautiful film. the close of yoji yamada's loose samurai trilogy, this film catches a seemingly cliche theme of a man looking for sight through… More