Snow on the Blades

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Japan | 2014 | 119 minutes | Setsuro Wakamatsu

Stunning cinematography and swift swordplay mark this rollicking epic about a disgraced samurai hunting down the 13 bloodthirsty assassins who murdered his charge, in the latest from heralded award-winning Japanese director (2009's The Unbroken). Director Setsuro Wakamatsu scheduled to attend.

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In the Edo period of 1860s Japan, samurai Shimura Kingo’s career is on an upswing. After recently marrying, he has been promoted to personal bodyguard of Ii Naosuke, the chief minister of the Tokugawa shogunate. But his world soon collapses after a gang of assassins ambush Naosuke’s entourage and murder everyone except Kingo. Filled with shame, Kingo is nevertheless forbidden from falling upon his own sword – instead he must atone for his master’s death by hunting down the assassins. So begins Kingo’s 13-year quest to avenge his master and find redemption. However, as years go by and Kingo zeroes in on Jubei, the lone remaining assassin, the feudal society of the samurai begins vanishing around him. Kingo must find a way to reconcile the fulfillment of his sacred Bushido oath with the new Westernized laws of the country that now forbids justice by way of the sword. Japan Academy Prize-winning director Setsuro Wakamatsu recreates the Edo period in lush detail, staging thrilling snowscape fight scenes with precise editing and formal compositions in every frame. Snow on the Blades, based on a short story by Jiro Asada, is both a rollicking samurai epic and an elegiac portrait of a man caught between his unyielding sense of duty and the inevitable extinction of his way of life.

Director Biography
Setsuro Wakamatsu was born in Japan’s Akita Prefecture and got his start directing films made for television in the 1980s. Best known for features such as Whiteout (2000) and In The City of Dawn (2011), Wakamatsu’s The Unbroken (2009), won the Japan Academy Prize for Picture of the Year in 2010.

Sponsored by W Seattle Hotel, Japan Foundation, Los Angeles, Delta Air Lines, Issaquah Press, Inc.

  • Original Language Title: Zakurozaka no Adauchi
  • Director: Setsuro Wakamatsu
  • Principal Cast: Kiichi Nakai, Hiroshi Abe, Ryoko Hirosue, Jiro Asada
  • Country: Japan
  • Year: 2014
  • Running Time: 119 minutes
  • Producer: Shohei Kotaki
  • Screenplay: Hironobu Takamatsu, Yasuo Hasegawa
  • Music: Joe Hisaishi
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: In the City of Dawn (2011), The Unbroken (2009), Shikyû no kioku (2007), Whiteout (2000)
  • Language: Japanese
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: Shochiku Co., Ltd.