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Hana yori mo naho (2006)

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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 1702, set against the backdrop of a long-delayed and insatiable revenge, a reserved samurai, Aoki Sozaemon, leaves his hometown in Matsumoto to come to bustling Edo in search of his father's killer. Unaccomplished as a swordsman, with his funds quickly drying up, Sozaemon must honour his clan's demand to avenge a disgraceful death, however, when he finally finds his target, he will have to make a difficult decision before a crushing dilemma. Is the way of the samurai stronger than the way of the heart? Written by Nick Riganas

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To Kill or Not to Kill, That is the Question.

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6 May 2007 (USA)  »

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Hana: The Tale of a Reluctant Samurai  »

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One of high points of TIFF
17 September 2006 | by See all my reviews

It's one of those films you come out of smiling a wide happy smile - it's so delicate and subtly funny (alright, it does feature a lavatory, but none of the "standard" toilet humor), it's also kind to characters and makes its point(s) in a sly, unobtrusive manner.

It's a celebration of human values over the way of the samurai, especially as it has been presented in Japanese and Western popular culture in the past few decades. A joy to watch visually, too. I thought it might be Koreeda-san's best film so far, although some viewers may find it a bit more conventional/Westernized than, say, Nobody Knows or Maboroshi (which is not at all bad).

I will deliberately leave it at that, to avoid revealing any of the plot, which often overturns expectations.

It was the second film out of 17 I saw at the Toronto International Film Festival, and it still remains a highlight for me.


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