in the film, lack of employment is a major factor and the driving force behind the motives and actions of the main character. he is a widowed former warrior who is forced to make umbrellas as a means of supporting his daughter, son in law, and grandson. he is essentially destitute as a result of repeated attempts to make ends meet; the skills that he obtained through years of training are of no use. in today’s world, i see a few loose similarities between having a degree and having warrior skills during peacetime; unemployment is so strikingly severe and widespread these days, that a degree is no guarantee of a job. it didn’t matter how adept a samurai was back then, and it generally doesn’t matter how educated a job seeker is now. in the enclosed film trailer, the main character states, “this thing we call samurai honor is ultimately nothing but a facade”; is the tradition of collecting a university certificate indicating that one has completed a series of courses also a thin facade? just a thought.