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Appearing at first like a standard samurai movie, this Japanese film is a tragic drama with overtones from Japan's classic theaters: Kabuki and Noh. Indeed, the protagonist's unwitting self-destruction resembles that of Oedipus in Greek drama. Gengo (Katsuo Nakamura) is a ronin, a samurai-for-hire, which, according to the samurai ethic, is no kind of human being at all. He spends some time with a courtesan (a kind of countrified geisha...more