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Hana yori mo naho (2006)

A troubled young samurai seeks revenge for the death of his father.

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Jun'ichi Okada ...
Aoki Souzaemon aka 'Soza'
Rie Miyazawa ...
Osae
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Sadashiro
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Isekan
Katsuo Nakamura ...
Shigehachi
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Jubei Kanazawa
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Junai Onodera
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Jirozaemon Hirano
Tomoko Tabata ...
Onobu
Yui Natsukawa ...
Oryo
Renji Ishibashi ...
Shozaburo Aoki
Ryûhei Ueshima ...
Otokichi
Yûichi Kimura ...
Magosaburo
Seiji Chihara ...
Tomekichi
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Sodekichi (as Ryô Kase)
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In a poor district of Edo lives a young samurai named Soza. He has been sent by his clan to avenge the death of his father. He isn't an accomplished swordsman however, and he prefers sharing the life of the residents, teaching the kids how to write etc. When he finally finds the man he is looking for, he will have to decide whether he follows the way of the samurai or chooses peace and reconciliation. Written by Anonymous

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Light and enjoyable
5 August 2007 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

This film was produced by Shochiku, a studio that I'm told is renowned for it's middle-of-the-road part-comedy/part-pathos films. Hana fits squarely in that territory and is Kore-eda's most commercial film to date.

Set in the slums of 1702 Edo (now Tokyo), the cinematography and attention to period detail were excellent. The story itself is fairly lame. A young samurai, incompetent with a sword seeks revenge for his father's death, but finds himself unable to carry out the act.

There's no doubting the competence of the director and the film's visuals are a joy to behold. It's not something that particularly engages me, but is the sort of film I would love to take my six year old son to. The blend of humour and almost slapstick action would certainly be enjoyed by him. Mind you, this is not really a children's film, even though it has the appeal of a Japanese version of a Disney film. Many adults would enjoy it, but it's not my thing.


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