Pretty good start to the film about a humble, long suffering samurai who's about to get the fabulous babe of the clan. Then it drops off a cliff into a manly honorable speechfest that leads to a silly sword fight and finally wraps up with a "but everybody is happy and feels good" speech from the daughter.
Seibei Iguchi, a low-ranking samurai, leads a life without glory as a bureaucrat in the mid-XIX century Japan. A widower, he has charge of two daughters (whom he adores) and a senile mother; he must therefore work in the fields and accept piecework to make ends meet. New prospects seem to open up when Tomoe, his long-time love, divorces a brutal husband. However, even as the Japanese feudal system is unraveling, Seibei remains bound by the code of honour of the samurai and by his own sense of social precedences. The consequences are cruel.