The Hidden Blade
The Hidden Blade ★★½ Kakushi Ken: Oni No Tsume 2004 (R)
Set in 1861, Katagiri (Nagase) is a lower-caste samurai who has a forbidden love for serving girl Kie (Matsu), who he rescues from domestic abuse. He's also troubled by being ordered to kill an old comrade, Hazama (Ozawa), who plotted against the Shogunate and has escaped from confinement. Based on the short stories of Shuhei Fujisawa. The Japanese title, “Hidden Blade: The Devil's Claw,” refers to a unique sword maneuver. Japanese with subtitles. 132m/C DVD . JP Masatoshi Nagase, Min Tanaka, Nenji Kobayashi, Ken Ogata, Takako Matsu, Hidetaka Yoshioka, Yukioshi Ozawa, Tomoko Obata, Reiko Takashima; D: Yoji Yamada; W: Yoji Yamada, Yishitaka Yamamoto; C: Mutsuo Naganuma; M: Isao Tomita.