A creakily constructed narrative that wanders away from its central concern for a curiously extended stretch of story, Taboo is nevertheless a beautifully dark enchantment. The relationship between the film's surface tale -- the sexual melodrama provoked by the arrival of an homme fatale figure at a Samurai militia camp -- and the underlying narrative of Edo Japan's collapse is inconclusive but suggestive.
Gohatto(Taboo) is a very different take on the Samurai film. This film is a who's who of Japanese Cinemas greatest actors.The arrival of a feminine student to the ways of the Samurai. The arrival sparks jealousy and intrigue. This film is a wonder to behold as if a painting comes to life. This is a very new take on a genre film and it delivers ten fold.