The drama documentary tells the real life story of Samurai woman Takeko Nakano who in 1868 fights for her clans’ independence in a final battle that marks the end of the Samurai era.
In ancient Japan, honour and glory were reserved for male soldiers only, which makes the story of Takeko Nakano so remarkable.
Not only was she a female Japanese warrior, but she was joined by several hundred other samurai warrior women, whose complete dedication and extensive suffering remains one of the world’s great untold stories.
Discover Nakano’s rise to become a martial arts master, her epic battle for her clans’ independence, and how in today’s martial arts schools, the spirit of Japan’s female warriors continues to thrive.
Production & Filming Details
- Director(s): John Wate.
- Producer(s): Richard Melman and Sebastian Peiter.
- Writer(s): Sebastian Peiter.
- Music: Jan Tilman Schade and Klaus Wagner.
- Cinematography: John Wate.
- Editor(s): Paul Jagger.
- Production: Urban Canyons.
- Distributor(s): Smithsonian Networks (US), UKTV (UK), and Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF) (Germany).
- Release Date: 17 May 2015 (Germany).
- Running Time: 50 minutes.
- Country: US.
- Language: English.