Love and Honour (2006)

Highly Recommended
Japan
Feature Film
Original Title: 武士の一分
Director: Yamada Yōji
Writers: Hiramatsu Emiko, Yamamoto Ichirō, Fujisawa Shūhei
Cinematographer: Naganuma Matuso
Composer: Tomita Isao
Cast: Kimura Takuya, Dan Rei, Bando Mitsugoro, Sasano Takashi, Momoi Kaori, Kobayashi Nenji, Ogata Ken

This affecting, beautifully understated, and decidedly human final part of the prolific Yamada’s loose samurai trilogy follows the trials and tribulations of a recently blinded samurai – he lost his eyesight after being poisoned whilst working as a food tester for the local shogun – as he struggles, against all the odds, to maintain his honour and status. Iain.Stott