The film in question is a Japanese period film released in 1990. The main theme of the film is war and its impact on warriors and common people. For a student of history, the film presents a fairly accurate presentation of costumes, art and architecture of 16th century Japan. Watching the film was like going to a museum of history with an impressive assembly of artifact and costume in display.
The film is useful for the student of political science as well. The bloody conflict between the warlords Takeda and Kagetora is typical of the fractious political atmosphere in medieval Japan. Kagetora, though not a pacifist, is powerfully drawn to that idea. He is shown in the film as someone with a compassionate heart and someone who cared for his people deeply. He doesn’t want his subjects to suffer and is thus thinks thoroughly before going to war. But circumstances, especially the claim to leadership of a unified Japan, greatly inspire him. It is . . . Read MoreContinue Reading