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WHEN THE LAST SWORD IS DRAWN

DIRECTED BY TAKITA YOJIRO

Real history

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The Shinsengumi HQ in Mibu, Kyoto, on recruitment day
in 1867

 

Hijikata
Hijikata, one of the leaders of the pack, is calling up Yoshimura, one of those who got into the line-up that morning to get tested. Masterless swordsmen from all over the country are turning up, hoping to get some easy life by the sword.

 


"That looks like fun, Nagakura," says Okita

 


Nagakura agrees to use a sharp sword to test this one candidate

 


"Your school doesn't use real sword, does it?" asks Nagakura

 


Shinsengumi's signature headgear is lent to Yoshimura


Yoshimura
Yoshimura wears it to prevent accidental slashes there
(played by actor Nakai Kiichi)

 

Nagakura
"He's surprisingly tough," thinks Nagakura

 


It will be an absolute disgrace if he loses this fight

 


The country samurai seems too self-confident

 


They fight their best, because they have to

 

ito
Ito looks on; it's an interesting duel

 

Nagakura
Just one wrong step and Nagakura may lose his life

 

Okita
Okita is happy that the day isn't so slow after all

 

Saito
"That Yoshimura guy must have killed before," thinks Saito
(played by actor Sato Koichi)

Kondo
Kondo stops the fight and declares it a draw

 


The Shinsengumi's party with geishas

 


Saito doesn't enjoy any second of it; he is entirely bored

 

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