Not Rated | | Action, Drama, Mystery
When a ronin requesting seppuku at a feudal lord's palace is told of the brutal suicide of another ronin who previously visited, he reveals how their pasts are intertwined - and in doing so challenges the clan's integrity.
The ronin in the film say they had been in the service of Masanori Fukushima until he was exiled and all his samurai became masterless. The exile happened because Masanori had made repairs to Hiroshima Castle without permission which was prohibited by law. Masanori and his son were removed from their domain and given land worth much less in Shinano Province (Nagano Prefecture).
After all, this thing we call samurai honor is ultimately nothing but a facade.
When Hanshiro first arrives at House Iyi he states that his master's house fell in 1619 (as translated in the subtitles) but he actually says Genna 5 (which is correct according to the calendar used in Japan at this time). Japan did not adopt the Gregorian calendar until 1873. The film was released and the subtitles made after Japan had already adopted the Gregorian calendar, however, so it made more sense for both Japanese and foreign audiences to render the year in Gregorian style.