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 Rōnin (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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