''Love and Honor'' (''Bushi no Ichibun'', literally "Warrior's Honor"), released in 2006, is the third film in Creator/YojiYamada's acclaimed Samurai Trilogy. All three films are based on the short stories of Creator/ShuheiFujisawa.

It's somewhere in Japan during the Edo period and {{samurai}} Shinnojo Mimura daily risks his life for his lord - as a food taster. He and four colleagues are each served a portion of their lord's meal; if they don't drop dead, the food is considered safe. While not glamorous or fulfilling, this job pays roof and meals for Shinnojo, his wife Kayo and their old servant Tokuhei who live [[HappilyMarried together happily]], if [[DeliberateValuesDissonance not by modern values.]]

Shinnojo considers quitting, but before he can do so, one rainy day a meal is indeed poisoned. He falls into a coma, and when he wakes up again, he is blind.

The movie shows the desperate measures Kayo goes to in trying to secure them a living, how Shinnojo comes to terms with being an invalid, and how he manages to keep both love and honor. It has been described as a domestic drama, and it is, while still including one {{seppuku}} and one duel, as any self-respecting samurai flick should.


!!This movie provides examples of:

* DeliberateValuesDissonance - A lot. Especially [[spoiler: how loveable hero Shinnojo throws his wife out of the house for, basically, being raped.]]
* DuelToTheDeath
* FiveStagesOfGrief - Shinnojo goes through four of them. First he tries to hide it, then he behaves like a tyrant in his own house and he wants to commit seppuku, then he [[spoiler: trains once again for a last, sightless duel.]] He leaves out the perhaps most desperately undignified one, bargaining. Not that he makes anger look good.
* FriendToAllChildren - Shinnojo, perhaps owing to his own playful streak.
* GoryDiscretionShot - We don't get to see the seppuku. We just hear it and see the castle inhabitants' dread and grief.
* HappilyMarried - The Mimuras in the beginning [[spoiler:and in the end again.]]
* InterestingSituationDuel - A blind person fighting without any magical compensation makes for a rather desperate interesting situation.
* JidaiGeki
* TheLadysFavour
* PeriodPiece
* PoliticallyCorrectHistory - Shinnojo's idea of a kendo school for all castes and with a positive learning environment.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure - The lord might not be all that verbose or cordial, but he does keep his injured retainer fed.
* {{Samurai}} - As human beings of all ages and personalities.
* {{Seppuku}} - The nice, old clerk who accidentally has poisonous shellfish served. The typical way these scenes are handled gets subverted: while the clerk is expectedly stoic and dignified, when they hear him groan, half the people in attendance start openly bawling.
* VomitDiscretionShot - Used smoothly twice in a row.
* YamatoNadeshiko - Kayo, the time and culture is correct.