Art critic Andrew Graham-Dixon immerses himself in theart, rituals and practices of this warrier cult, to find out what it was liketo be a Samurai. The Samurai, who ruled Japan for 700 years, weren't justwarriors. Unhappy with military rule alone, the Samurai built up around them asophisticated artistic and religious culture the likes of which the world willnever see again. After a try-out in South London with modern practitionersof Kendo, Andrew travels to Japan. There he witnesses the creation of a Samuraisword; visits one of the most stunning gardens ever created; and gets high ongreen tea. As Andrew's journey comes to its end, he achieves hisdream to be like a Samurai. Almost. With the help of one of Japan's biggestSamurai film studios, Andrew gets to train like a Samurai, dress like aSamurai, talk like a Samurai and film a scene for his very own Samurai actionfilm.