Shinya Tsukamoto, 2018 (80m)
Mokunoshin Tsuzuki is a talented young samurai, living a quiet life helping out the villagers in an isolated rural community. During a training session, Mokunoshin’s sword skills are spotted by an older samurai named Sawamura. The older man is travelling the countryside searching for talented fighters to serve the shogun, and he invites Mokunoshin to join him. The young samurai leaps at the opportunity, but his preparations to leave are interrupted when a group of bandits arrive in the area. As the quiet village is rocked by violence, Mokunoshin struggles to come to terms with the prospect of having to use his sword to kill someone.