Honour, wisdom, love and loyalty are the prevailing themes of this visually stunning samurai film set during Japan’s Edo Period. Samurai swordsman Kanemi Sanzaemon (Etsushi Toyokawa) is the most respected of Lord Tabu Ukyou’s (Jun Murakami) guards, and the court is shocked when he murders one of the Lord’s concubines in cold blood.
However, Kanemi is let off lightly with a 12-month solitary confinement sentence. Through a series of flashbacks, we learn that there were noble intentions behind Kanemi’s murderous act. On his release, the criminal is strangely welcomed back into the Lord’s employ who has devious plans for Kanemi’s skills as a warrior.
A Part of WM: Action, every Friday night on World Movies. The best action films from Asia burst into your lounge room with heart-stopping, karate-chopping and pulse racing speed. This month you can also catch Fire of Concience on Friday 25 November.