When a married woman has an affair with a young musician, feudal Japanese law requires that both offenders pay with their lives. However, the woman’s husband blames himself for his wife’s straying and attempts to thwart the law demanding capital punishment.
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Tadashi Imai's tragedy has stolen my critical faculties, which isn't really a loss, and left me here empty, wistful, and certain that art matters in my life, even as a spectator with a torn ticket in my pocket. I can exercise my emotions with limited consequences, yet with magnificently realized insights into them--ushering a life nearly as true as my own into my present-tense roiling love affair with existence.