Bushido, a.k.a. “The Way of the Warrior” is the chivalrous code of the samurai that has influenced the Japanese way-of-life for centuries. This epic film spans several generations of a typical samurai family, and illustrates the intricate system of loyalty, honor and sacrifice which bound the samurai in ages past, and which, in many ways, persists to this very day.
We have all seen the chambara films that portray the code of the samurai as something quite honorable and is a privilege to have been part of during the Bushido period. Then we saw the chambara films made by Masaki Kobayashi who presented to us some of the harsh realities of the samurai code and yes, even some are the scathing depictions such as in “Hara-Kiri” (aka. Seppuku) and “Samurai Rebellion”. Well, Kobayashi is not the lone director who has heavily criticized the ways … more