- Director: Nagisa Oshima
- Writer: Nagisa Oshima; Ryotaro Shiba
- Producer: Jean Labadie; Masayuki Motomochi
The legendary director...Nagisa Ôshima's last film.
Gay samurais, jealousy among men, honour and social class...all play their hands in deciding who lives - but love, as treacherous as a flood - decides who wins and who is allowed to love.
This is a carefully constructed, brutally gentle story...expertly told.
Sakamoto's score is hypnotising...and, with Oshima at the helm, this is a work of extraordinary beauty.
The taboo here is not the homosexuality - that would be too easy for Oshima.
It is something far more profound and sinister. It is introspective, subtle, restrained, and commanding.
Few directors come close to Oshima's work and few ever will.
Astounding in every sense.
Set during Japan's Shogun era, this film looks at life in a samurai compound where young warriors are trained in swordfighting. A number of interpersonal conflicts are brewing in the training room, all centering around a handsome young samurai named Sozaburo Kano. The school's stern master can choose to intervene, or to let Kano decide his own path.