R | | Action, Drama
In Medieval Japan, an elderly warlord retires, handing over his empire to his three sons. However, he vastly underestimates how the new-found power will corrupt them and cause them to turn on each other...and him.
Almost the entire film is done in long-shot and there are only a handful of close-ups, such as when The Lady Kaede is presented with the head of a fox statue.
What madness have I spoken? Wherein lies my senility?
Saburo Naotora Ichimonji: I'll tell you. What kind of world do we live in? One barren of loyalty and feeling.
Hidetora: I'm aware of that.
Saburo Naotora Ichimonji: So you should be! You spilled an ocean of blood. You showed no mercy, no pity. We too are ...
When Saburo's men ride away from the Third Castle, you can see that the path before them has already been trampeled from previous takes.
$11,462 (USA) (28 February 2016)
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