A samurai known for his original “bird catching” style of swordplay is pulled into a battle to the death when he kills a feudal lord’s mistress after she uses her influence to corrupt local politics. Based on a short story by author Shuhei Fujisawa (Love and Honour, The Twilight Samurai). Billed as a “hardboiled samurai film.”

Prod companies: Toei

Backer: Toei

Intl sales: Toei

Director: Hideyuki Hirayama

Cast: Etsushi Toyokawa, Chizuru Ikewaki, Fumiyo Kohinata, Naho Toda, Koji Kikkawa, Ittoku Kishibe

Locations: Ibaraki, Yamagata, Kanagawa

Shooting dates: November – December 2009

Contact: Tadayuki Okubo, International Sales Manager, Toei Company Ltd,  (81) 3 3535 7621, tad_okubo@toei.co.jp