Thirteen years is quite a long time for a man to exact his revenge. For director Setsuto Wakamatsu, that’s plenty of time, and a perfect set up for his new film, Revenge Of The Pomegranate Tree Hill (Zakuro Zaka no Adauchi), based on a 2003 short story compilation by author and novelist Jiro Asada.
Shimura Kingo is a samurai retainer whose lord Ii Naosuke is assassinated during the Sakuradamon incident. Instead of allowing himself to commit seppuku (ritual suicide) after the loss of his lord, he goes on a mission to exact vengeance against the perpetrators. Unable to end his own life until his mission is completed, he spends the next 13 years tracking down his lord’s killers until he finally finds the last assassin who had since gone into hiding and changed his name.