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when the last sword

When the Last Sword Is Drawn

When the Last Sword Is Drawn (Japanese:Mibu gishi den) is a 2003 Japanese movie directed by Yojiro Takita. It tells the story of two Shinsengumi samurai, one of whom, Saitō Hajime, is a taciturn killer (played by Koichi Sato), and the other, Yoshimura Kanichiro, appears to be a money-grubbing country bumpkin (played by Kiichi Nakai). The main storyline is set during the fall of the Tokugawa shogunate, but it is told in a series of flashbacks as two characters reminisce The movie's themes include conflicting loyalty to the clan, lord, and family.

When the Last Sword Is Drawn won the Best Film award at the 2004 Japanese Academy Awards, as well as the prizes for Best Actor (Kiichi Nakai) and Best Supporting Actor (Koichi Sato). It received a further eight nominations. Cast * Kiichi Nakai — Yoshimura Kanichiro
* Koichi Sato — Saitō Hajime
* Yui Natsukawa — Shizu/Mitsu
* Takehiro Murata — Ono Chiaki
* Miki Nakatani — Nui
* Yuji Miyake — Ohno Jiroemon
* Masato Sakai — Okita Soji

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