- Rated: Unrated
- Run Time: 2 hours, 1 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: March 15, 2005
- Originally Released: 1965
- Label: Criterion
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: Restored High-Definition Digital Transfer And A New And Improved English Subtitle Translation.
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Special Edition
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.35
- Additional Release Material:
- Essay By Film Critic Geoffrey O'Brien
Performers, Cast and Crew:
A celebrated samurai film about the life and death of a brilliant samurai/assassin who uses his skill to fulfill impulses of lust and revenge.
From the mind of screenwriter -- and Kurosawa-collaborator ("Seven Samurai," "Ikiru") -- Shinobu Hashimoto comes this epic that examines a bloody rivalry.
A crazed samurai hacks anything and anyone in his path to feed his personal sense of glory. Village by village, this unstable warrior kills with abandon and, more importantly, has no sense of honor or spirituality.
He then meets an equally gifted swordsman, a principled fencing instructor, who just might end the wanton slaughter.
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