Inspired by Hanmuro Rin’s 2012 novel, Kimura Daisaku’s more aptly-titled Samurai’s Promise (a.k.a. Chiri Tsubaki and Falling Camelia) got some screentime at the 42nd World Film Festival back in August. The upcoming chanbara drama won Special Grand Jury Prize at the time which offers some sweet decour as the film is still slated for a September 28 release in Japan from Toho.
Shinbei is exiled from his clan for investigating its activities too closely. Eight years later, when Shinbei’s dying wife pleads with him to go to help his former best friend, Umeme, he returns to the clan. Infighting has produced turmoil within the clan, allowing Shinbei to discover the truth behind incidents involving his wife and his friend. Confronting Umeme, he understands the reason for his wife’s last wish.
Headlining the cast are Okada Junichi, Nishijima Hidetoshi, Kuroki Haru, Ikematsu Sosuke and Aso Kumiko.