Gohatto (1999) AKA Taboo


The young and handsome Kano Sozaburo is admitted to the Shinsengumi, an elite samurai group that seeks to defend the Tokugawa shogunate against reformist forces. Kano is a skilled swordsman, but his physical beauty leads the members of the strictly male group to compete for his affections, generating tensions that threaten to become lethal. In Gohatto, Nagisa Oshima explores the ambiguous forms of masculinity that the samurai code concealed, with a terrific cast including Ryuhei Matsuda, Takeshi Kitano and Tadanobu Asano subtly capturing the dangers of repressed homoerotic desire.

Director: Nagisa Ôshima. AKA 御法度 / Taboo.
Writers: Ryôtarô Shiba (novel), Nagisa Ôshima (screenplay).
Stars: Takeshi Kitano, Ryûhei Matsuda, Shinji Takeda, Tadanobu Asano, Yôichi Sai, Jirô Sakagami, Kôji Matoba, Masa Tommies, Masatô Ibu, Zakoba Katsura, Tomorô Taguchi.

2000 Cannes Film Festival – Nominated for the Palme d’Or.


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  1. Jonathan Shapiro
    February 10, 2022

    The final shot epitomizes Nagisa Oshima’s entire career-chopping down a cherry blossom tree, demolishing and deconstructing Japan’s myths of itself. My god, what an amazing artist.

    August 5, 2022

    I am re-entering Oshima territory after nearly 50 years when his IN THE REALM OF THE SENSES took me off guard and fairly seared me. Thank you for posting this.

  3. Thomas Ainsworth
    January 11, 2023

    Would you be able to add at casting option, I’ve just found this site and I’m in love with all the Japanese cinema you have but I would love to cast it to my TV from my phone.

  4. Dan
    August 30, 2023

    I know a french dubbed version exist.
    it is possible to offer it here ?

    Currently waiting for your kind reply

    Best Regards

    • Jon W.
      August 31, 2023

      Don’t have it, sorry.

  5. January 5, 2024

    Gohatto is a thought-provoking and visually stunning film that delves into the complexities of human desire and the boundaries of cultural norms. The film’s use of imagery and symbolism is particularly effective in conveying the themes of the movie. The performances by the cast are also top-notch, bringing depth and nuance to their characters. Overall, a captivating and artistic cinematic experience.

  6. wh0
    February 20, 2024

    Saw someone asked for soft subs.. Here you go: https://pixeldrain.com/l/TnGVDHXw
    Text with MediaInfo Included. Subs: English, French, Greek, Italian, Persian & Portuguese,

  7. February 23, 2024

    Wow, I had no idea this movie existed! The concept of a film about a Buddhist monk who becomes embroiled in a dangerous underground game of vital organs trade is absolutely fascinating. I’m definitely adding this to my watchlist, thanks for bringing it to my attention!

  8. fred
    May 7, 2024

    The link to download for Gohatto is broken. Can that be fixed please..with English subs ?
    Many thanks in advance.

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