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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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Performed by Utaroku Miyakoya and Titi Matsumura
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Makes one long for the far better films it spoofs or pays homage to.
8 March 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Inescapably, the fight scenes, the quest theme, the character archetypes have all been much better handled by older films. The one area where this film might give classic older films a run for their money -- in the cinematography -- is also one area where TV commercials give some older films a run for their money. In other words, at the most superficial level of "styling", I guess this film does what it sets out to do. But I think it all feels too offhand and tongue in cheek to really satisfy the serious fan of the genre. If you come to this sort of film through the Kill Bills, it may do it for you, as a sort of 2% solution of Kill Bill. But if you have seen the great Kurosawas, there's an even money chance this won't even capture your attention for it's modest running length. I found myself dozing, and dreaming of far better films that I'd have to dig up and take a look at next time I have the chance.

I wanted to like this, but I have to report that I can't recommend it. It's too feeble, too jokey, too tongue in cheek. It's a weak pastiche that fails to deliver much besides style, and that none too well.

5 stars of 10.


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