A sword fight is indispensable for historical dramas.The lead samurai cutting down the enemy in an elegant, dignified series of movements is always a sight to behold. The techniques shown in these exciting sequences are called, “tate”. They are a genuine piece of Japanese culture performed in all kinds of battle scenes, such as those on stage plays, TV dramas and Japanese movies.When you look in a dictionary, the meaning of “tate” is “stage fighting in brawls or with swords, in stage plays and movies” Movements come in fixed forms, which are memorized and combined by many actors to create a flashy sword fight.
It is a sort of martial art, whose objective is to put on the show of a convincing sword fight. It is a beautiful thing, that while retaining the realism of a fight, attracts its viewers with beautiful movements.