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Set at the death of the samurai age, Japanese master Nagisa Oshima's first feature in 13 years charts the disruption of a militia barracks by the arrival of Ryuhei Matsuda's androgynously beautiful young swordsman. A partial return to the erotic obsession of In The Realm Of The Senses, it's a bleak but mesmerically beautiful movie where realism balances with dreamy stylisation.

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Set at the death of the samurai age, Japanese master Nagisa Oshima’s first feature in 13 years charts the disruption of a militia barracks by the arrival of Ryuhei Matsuda’s androgynously beautiful young swordsman. A partial return to the erotic obsession of In The Realm Of The Senses, it’s a bleak but mesmerically beautiful movie where realism balances with dreamy stylisation.

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