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Samurai Fiction (1998)
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A noble young samurai searches for a thief who has stolen a precious treasure and killed one of his clansmen and meets an older samurai who tries to deter him from the violence of revenge.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Morio Kazama ...
Hanbei Mizoguchi
Mitsuru Fukikoshi ...
Heishiro Inukai
Tomoyasu Hotei ...
Rannosuke Kazamatsuri
Tamaki Ogawa ...
Koharu Mizoguchi
Mari Natsuki ...
Okatsu
Taketoshi Naitô ...
Kanzen Inukai (as Taketoshi Naitoh)
Kei Tani ...
Kagemaru
Fumiya Fujii ...
Ryunosuke Kuzumi
Naoyuki Fujii ...
Shintarô Suzuki
Ken Osawa ...
Tadasuke Kurosawa
Hiroshi Kanbe ...
Gosuke
Ryôichi Yuki ...
Ninja Hayabusa
Akiko Monô ...
Ninja Akakage
Taro Maruse ...
Sakyounosuke Kajii
Ramo Nakajima ...
Denbei Kimura
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Three centuries ago, a precious sword has been stolen by Kazamatsuri -- the sword, which historic and symbolic value is priceless for the clan (Shogun Tokugawa donated it to clan 80 years before that, at the same time that he established them as the local rulers). Lord's counselor's young son Heishiro goes to retrieve the sword himself to protect the clan from the shame or possible demise. He is accompanied with two friends, Shintaro and Tadasuke, and followed by the ninjas of the clan. After Kazamatsuri wounds Heishiro and kills one of his friends, the young aristocrat still wants revenge more than sword itself, but meanwhile have to recover from his wounds, in the small forest house of a lonely samurai and his daughter. At the same time, Kamazatsuri stays in nearby town in the entertainment center run by Okatsu and falls into her. The older samurai tries to dissuade Heishiro from fighting with Kamazatsuri, but is himself gradually drawn into the conflict. Written by zelvopyr

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The sword that is stolen in this film was borrowed from the estate of 'Toshiro Mifune'. It was one of his personal swords. See more »

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Kanzen Inukai: Kagemaru!
[Kagemaru drops down from a hatch in the ceiling]
Kagemaru: Hai!
Kanzen Inukai: You don't have to enter through the ceiling, you know.
Kagemaru: I'm sorry, but as an old ninja, I don't really know how to enter from anywhere else.
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Unusual Rock'n'Roll Samurai movie
15 October 2002 | by (Hamburg, Germany) – See all my reviews

The Japanese b/w movie "Samurai Fiction" is neither a typical martial arts movie nor a classical "old school" samurai drama like the ones of Akira Kurosawa. It's rather a collage of different impressions about the life of a Japanese samurai some hundred years ago who becomes involved in a bloody revenge story.

In the beginning the spectators have to get used to the strange mixture of b/w action scenes, narrations, dances, wild editing and a rock and dance music sound track. After a certain time, director Hiroyuki Nakano seems to remember what a story is and tells an interesting plot about a proud samurai struggling between revenge, fight, death and love.

During movie there are always comedy situations such as the witty dialogue between the samurai and his servant or a really beautiful striptease dance Japanese-style by stunning actress Mari Natsuki to an Asian canton pop version of Peggy Lee's hit "Sway".

If you're into Asian hardcore action movies you may be bored by this unusual movie, but if you're open-minded enough for experiments, "Samurai Fiction" is a good and entertaining example for modern Japanese underground cinema.


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