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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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Okatsu: I'm a woman who's killed all manner of men. Even trumped up little samurai like you! No stray dog is going to give me any cheek!
Rannosuke Kazamatsuri: How did it come to this?
Okatsu: Aaaaaiiiiieeeeee!
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Swanee River
Written by Stephen Foster (as Foster)
Performed by Utaroku Miyakoya and Titi Matsumura
Taken from the album "Kyuukyoku No Nokogiri Ensou"
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Samurai Fiction: nice and peaceful
28 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The title is of course an illusion to Quentin "Pulp Fiction" Tarantino, but the film only shares with Tarantino a decidedly "post-modern" sensibility: for instance geisha in medieval Japan sing American torch songs. Otherwise, the film has much more heart than Tarantino may actually be able to muster.

The movie is actually about three samurai - a young man who's out for revenge; a ruthless ronin sword for hire; and an aging warrior in hiding, who regrets ever having used a sword to kill a man.

Sounds like pretty heavy stuff; but director Hiroyuki Nakano ( who claims in interview that he wanted to make a "nice, peaceful film") adds touches of humor to almost every scene, as well as some amazingly beautiful cinematography. The film, by the way, is largely in black-and-white, with color used sparingly for emphasis. Although the director got into the business making music videos for MTV-Japan, he carefully avoids the usual choppy editing, rapid scene transitions, and kitschy gloss that mark the MTV style. Instead he seems to draw heavily on Japan's first great post-modern director, Beat Takeshi for influence, and admits to watching Akira Kurosawa's Yojimbo several times while making the film. So the film has a lot of motionless images, as well as scenes done in single long takes or with very pare editing. I don't know if this makes the film nice or peaceful, but it sure does make it easier to watch than those glaring music vids I personally despise.

A very well-made entertaining film; the DVD also has a "making-of" documentary disc which I found very informative, and entertaining in itself.


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