Having etched his place in film history as nearly sixty years in, folks can now celebrate director Nakajima Sadao’s latest return to narrative storytelling. Following a two-decade hiatus, his new film, Love’s Twisting Path, brings ceremonial fervor for jidaigeki fans featuring actress Tabe Mikako, and fellow stars Kora Kengo and Kimura Ryo.
What unfolds is a love story set at the tail-end of Edo period in Kyoto, entangled by blurred nuances of human emotion amidst the turmoil of war between the Shogunate’s regime and local dissidents. At the center of it all is a former master-turned-ronin named Tajuro, the beautiful tavern owner named Toyo who loves him despite his dismissals and self-positioning as guardian to her property, and Tajuro’s younger and admiring step brother, Kazuma.
The official trailer is now online along with poster art following the film’s Kyoto Interntaional Film and Art Festival premiere last year.