Taboo ★★ Gohatto 1999
In 1865 in Kyoto, the Shogunate is crumbling and Japanese politics are turbulent. Two new recruits join a strict samurai academy—the rugged Tashiro (Asano) and a delicate teenager named Kano (Matsuda). Kano soon proves his worth to the militia commander, Kondo (Sai), and Captain Hijikata (Kitano) but his androgynous beauty begins to cause dissension—leading Kondo to forbid any relations between his men. Japanese with subtitles. 100m/C VHS, DVD . JP Takeshi “Beat” Kitano, Ryuhei Matsuda, Shinji Takeda, Tadanobu Asano; D: Nagisa Oshima; W: Nagisa Oshima; C: Toyomichi Kurita; M: Ryuichi Sakamoto.