Japan's ancient samurai tradition is chronicled in this hourlong documentary, which looks to history, science and literature to answer questions about the legacy and mysterious lives of the warrior aristocracy. The film examines some of the truths behind the mask, including the samurais' preoccupation with death, their impressive mastery of fine arts and their code of honor -- which carried a heavy price.
Release date: September 30, 2008
Runtime: 47 min
Director: Roger Pyke
Main cast: Ben Weinberg