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UK PREMIERE Iwane: Sword of Serenity
Institute of Contemporary Arts
Iwane: Sword of Serenity (居眠り磐音), dir. Katsuhide Motoki, Japan 2019, 121 min., Japanese with English subtitles, 12A

Iwane Sakazaki (Tori Matsuzaka) is seemingly on a path to greatness – he is a well-respected samurai, admired for his courage, chivalry, and sword-fighting skills, and he is soon to wed his fiancée, Nao (Kyoko Yoshine). Yet Iwane becomes entangled in a tragic incident which culminates in the death of his two childhood friends. He is left with no choice but to give up his current life and leave behind his town and Nao, as he becomes a wandering ronin. Drifting to Edo and surviving on brief and menial employment, he begins working as a bodyguard for a money exchanger. One day, he discovers sabotage is afoot and begins his plans to foil the monetary conspiracy. 

This exciting adventure is a gem of the modern jidaigeki genre and was adapted for the screen from Saeki Yasuhide’s incredibly popular period drama novel series, which has surpassed 20 million copies in print.
© 2019 Iwane: Sword of Serenity film partners
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