A stunning sumarai film to rival any Kurosawa...

Think only Kurosawa made great samurai movies?

Think again: his peer Masaki Kobayashi disembowels jidai-geki culture with as sharp a blade as the genre’s sensei ever wielded.

In 17th-Century Japan, a poor R┼Źnin (Tatsuya Nakadai) arrives at court, seeking help with the titular suicide.

It turns out he’s not the first to ask, a revelation that primes the flashbacks of Kobayashi’s narrative man-trap.

Poised between satire and tragedy, it’s a film of striking widescreen compositions and prowling tracking shots, beautifully rendered in Blu.

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