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Muramasa

Japan, 1987 (MIFF 1995, Buried Treasures – Osamu Tezuka)

Director: Osamu Tezuka

One of Tezuka's last shorts. Utilizing a sketchy realist mode of depiction , it is a cautionary tale of armament set against a backdrop of samurai lore and iconography. Towards the end of his life, Tezuka was specially outspoken on a variety of global issues. His cautionary address, though, exists in various mystical, poetic and philosophical ways in just about everything he produced.

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