When the Last Sword Is Drawn (2002)

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A samurai goes to extraordinary lengths to provide for his family.


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30 November 2004 | clay5601
A little disappointing
This film looked really promising, but I was put off by the clichéd sentimentality (flashbacks in soft focus!) and confounding choices of tragic hero Kanichiro Yoshimura. Frequent flashbacks and flash-forwards attempt to liven up the limp plot, but don't do much for narrative momentum. The film drags terribly towards the end, and could have done with some more judicious editing.

Last Sword really didn't deserve to beat Takeshi Kitano's fantastic Zatoichi for best film at the 2003 Japanese Academy Awards, but I can't begrudge the best actor nod for Kichi Nakai, who gives an amazing performance. In all, nearly worth the two and a half hours at the cinema.

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Release Date:

18 January 2003



Country of Origin


Filming Locations

Nanbu, Aomori, Japan

Box Office


$4,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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