Love and Honor

Synopsis: When a young soldier in Vietnam gets dumped by his hometown girl, he and his best friend decide to go AWOL and return to the States to win her back.
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Director(s): Danny Mooney
Production: IFC Films
Rotten Tomatoes:
100 min

The poison taster

Food prepared for a feudal lord...

would first be tasted for poison.

This poison tasting...

was one of a samurai's castle duties.

Good morning.

The magnolias are out.

Hot water.

You're sighing again.


Am I sighing so much?

Do you have something

on your mind?

Your color's not good lately, either.

I can't hide anything from you.

Well, Kayo...

I can't stand this duty

I'm on now.

The poison tasting?

It's nothing but empty form.

Complete foolishness.

It's pointless.

But isn't it an honor

to sit before His Lordship...

and taste his food?

Me, sit before His Lordship?


A 30-koku samurai,

sitting before His Lordship?


We sit in a dark room off the kitchen,

and they bring us the food to taste.

We taste it,

make sure it's all right.

Then they take it way, way over

to His Lordship's chamber.

That's where he dines.

So then His Lordship

never sees your face?

Of course not!

Did you think I looked upon him

while I tasted his food?

Silly girl!

You told me not to ask you

about your work in the castle.

Now you call me stupid!


Takuya Kimura

Rei Dan

Takashi Sasano Nenji Kobayashi

Kaori Momoi Ken Ogata

Mitsugoro Bando

Based on the story by

Shuhei Fujisawa


Yoji Yamada

Emiko Hiramatsu

Ichiro Yamamoto

Executive Producer

unichi Sakomoto

Produced by

Takeo Hisamatsu


Hiroshi Fukasawa

Ichiro Yamamoto


Mutsuo Naganuma

Art Director

Mitsuo Degawa

Sound Recording

Kazumi Kishida


Takeshi Nakasu


Iwao Ishii

Costume Design

Kazuko Kurosawa


Isao Tomita


Tomohiko Saito

unichi Mine

Directed by

Yoji Yamada

What did you have?

Rape blossom in tofu.

How was it?

With all respect to His Lordship,

a little bland.

It's best for you that way.

No ill effects, gentlemen?

That one's tiny!

Whoops! Careful!


You shouldn't play with children!

A samurai walks straight ahead.

Those were your late father's words.

Oh, shut up, you old fart!



What if I were to resign my post?

Resign your post and do what?

Open a kendo dojo

and teach children swordfighting.

Why not start one in the garden?

I've been thinking.

I want to change

the way fencing masters teach.

Every child is different.

I'd like to teach a style suited to

each child's character and body shape.

The same way kimonos are fitted

to different bodies.

That's my dream.

I can see it now...

You teaching swordfighting

to little children.


we wouldn't be able

to live as well as we do.

I don't mind that one bit.

Tokuhei... your grandson

could learn swordfighting.

The one who won't listen.

Could peasants' and townsmen's sons

study at your dojo, too?

Of course. Caste wouldn't matter.

Thank you!

Smack him good

with your wooden sword.

I'm saying that it's not good

to teach with the rod.

The way he's going now,

that kid'll never amount to anything!

What an old fool!

It's raining.

Tokuhei, you get on home.

Thank you.

What was that you had, Mimura?

Red tsubugai sashimi, I believe.

Red tsubugai?

We don't get to taste that very often!

I prefer it cooked in its shell.

Ah, over charcoal...

No ill effects, gentlemen?

Squire Higuchi's getting old.


You may withdraw.

Mimura, what's wrong?

You're sweating!

I'm all right.

Call Squire Higuchi!

One moment, please!

Eat nothing, Milord!

The food is poisoned!

Get a doctor!

Remain as you are!

Nobody move!

I'll kill any man that moves!

Close all gates!

No one leaves the castle!

Nobody move!

Close all gates!

By order of the Chief Superintendent!

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