Tokugawa Bugei Cho Yagyu Sandai No Ken (J-Drama) (1993)

    Tokugawa Bugei Cho Yagyu Sandai No Ken (J-Drama) (1993)
  • Title : Tokugawa Bugei Cho Yagyu Sandai No Ken (J-Drama) (1993)
  • Alternative Title(s) : Three Generations of the Yagyu Sword
  • Hardsubbed or Softsubbed: Softsubbed
  • English Subtitles: Yes
  • Summary:

    After the ‘Incident at Honnoji’ (assassination of Oda Nobunaga by Akechi Mitsuhide, a former trusted general), a group of Tokugawa samurai are rescued by a youth named Yagyu Munenori (2nd son of Yagyu Sekishusai from Yamato) and Kizaru (a Ninja), as they are chased by a bloodthirsty group of samurai.
    Tokugawa Ieyasu, the lord of his clan, then lave a very special gift to Munenori; a samurai’s pillbox, (a veritable work of art, with beautiful lacquered designs) which signifies that he is to be hired by the Tokugawa Clan when he grows up.
    As a result of the assassination, Toyotomi Hideyoshi became the sole ruler of Japan, and confiscated the Yagyu lands since they had sided with the traitorous Akechi. The Yagyu Clan was considerably weakened, and all but disappeared during Hideyoshi’s reign as ‘Taiko’.

    As the Battle of Sekigahara was starting, Munenori visited Ieyasu’s camp with Kizaru. He saved Ieyasu from a female Ninja named Ofuji, but he let her escape.
    Ieyasu, twice having been saved by Munenori, finally decided to hire him. Much to his surprise, however Munenori declined, asking that his father Sekishusai be hired instead. As a result, the Yagyu family became intertwined with the Tokugawa Shogunate as their sword instructors, and protectors during a period of anarchy. Yagyu Munenori’s swordmanship protected the reputation of the family, and his son Yagyu Jubei became a wandering swordsman, ranging about the country on a secret mission to uproot villainy, and fight injustice. This is a major Jidaigeki work as seen through the eyes of Munenori, showing the types of men that the 3 generations of Yagyu were that worked for Tokugawa Ieyasu and lived by the sword in that turbulent era.

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