World Sales: Nikkatsu

Japan in 19th century turmoil. A ronin teaches the art of swordsmanship to a young farmer, under the disapproving eyes of the latter’s sister. The arrival of a master swordsman and a band of blood-thirsty outlaws will seal the young trio’s fate

Killing is not only one of Shinya Tsukamoto’s best features yet, it’s also one of the most beautiful samurai films around. A flagship of Japanese cinema, the chanbara (an onomatopoeia for the sound of a sword slashing flesh) obeys extremely precise codes. But Tsukamoto shatters them to pieces as this sensitive but cruel tale unfolds. A mature work by the most punk of Japanese directors.


Country: Japan

Year: 2018

Duration: 1hr 20

Version: Japanese, with English and French subtitles

Cast & Credits

Director: Shinya Tsukamoto

Producer: Shinya Tsukamoto

Screenplay: Shinya Tsukamoto

Cinematographer: Shinya Tsukamoto

Editing: Shinya Tsukamoto

Cast: Shinya Tsukamoto, Yu Aoi, Sosuke Ikematsu