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6 May 2007 (USA) See more »
A troubled young samurai seeks revenge for the death of his father. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Jun'ichi Okada ... Aoki Souzaemon aka 'Soza'
Rie Miyazawa ... Osae
Arata Furuta ... Sadashiro

Jun Kunimura ... Isekan
Katsuo Nakamura ... Shigehachi

Tadanobu Asano ... Jubei Kanazawa

Yoshio Harada ... Junai Onodera

Teruyuki Kagawa ... Jirozaemon Hirano
Tomoko Tabata ... Onobu
Yui Natsukawa ... Oryo
Renji Ishibashi ... Shozaburo Aoki
Ryûhei Ueshima ... Otokichi
Yûichi Kimura ... Magosaburo
Seiji Chihara ... Tomekichi

Ryo Kase ... Sodekichi (as Ryô Kase)
Susumu Terajima ... Kichiemon Terasaka
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Christopher Bevins ... Jubei / Tomekichi (voice: English version)
Majken Bullard ... Shinnosuke (voice: English version)
Chris Cason ... Magosaburo / Onodera (voice: English version)
R. Bruce Elliott ... Shigehachi (voice: English version)
Ken'ichi Endô
Moeko Ezawa ... Okatsu

Caitlin Glass ... Onobu (voice: English version)
Sei Hiraizumi ... Zenzo

Chuck Huber ... Otokichi (voice: English version)
Natsuo Ishidô

Jim Johnson ... Shozaburo (voice: English version)
Ryô Katsuji
Hiei Kimura ... Ken-bo
Melanie Mason ... Oryo (voice: English version)
Robert McCollum ... Soza (voice: English version)

Mike McFarland ... Sodekichi (voice: English version)
Eiji Minakata
Andy Mullins ... Suzuta (voice: English version)
Kate Oxley ... Yoshibo (voice: English version)
Jerry Russell ... Zenzo (voice: English version)

Christopher Sabat ... Hirano (voice: English version)

Carrie Savage ... Osae (voice: English version)
Ian Sinclair ... Souemon (voice: English version)
Laurie Steele ... Okatsu (voice: English version)

Mark Stoddard ... Sadashiro (voice: English version)

Ohga Tanaka ... Yoshibo
Shohei Tanaka ... Shinnosuke, Osae's son
Tetsushi Tanaka
J. Michael Tatum ... Kanzaki / Kichiemon / Shojiro (voice: English version)
Andrew Tipps ... Ronin (voice: English version)
Masa Tommies
Kent Williams ... Isekan (voice: English version)

Travis Willingham ... Yokokawa (voice: English version)

Stephanie Young ... Okinu (voice: English version)

Directed by
Hirokazu Koreeda 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Hirokazu Koreeda  written by

Produced by
Nozomi Enoki .... producer (as Nozomu Enoki)
Julie K. Fujishima .... executive producer
Satoshi Kôno .... associate producer
Yasushi Minatoya .... producer
Shiho Sato .... producer
Hijiri Taguchi .... producer
Cinematography by
Yutaka Yamazaki 
Film Editing by
Hirokazu Koreeda 
Production Design by
Masao Baba 
Toshihiro Isomi 
Costume Design by
Kazuko Kurosawa 
Sound Department
Akihiko Okase .... sound effects
Yutaka Tsurumaki .... sound

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Hana yori mo naho" - Japan (original title)
"Hana: The Tale of a Reluctant Samurai" - USA (DVD title)
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Japan:127 min
Sound Mix:
Hong Kong:IIA | South Korea:12 | Switzerland:10 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:10 (canton of Vaud)
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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Flipside of the 47 Ronin, 29 September 2009
Author: poikkeus from San Francisco

The subtext of this novel, entertaining period film comes from a unique treatment of the famed story of the 47 Ronin (itself the source for history texts, dramas, movies, and plays). Instead of showing the flowering of the Japanese spirit of revenge, HANA YORI MO NAHO takes a more pacifist point of view. In fact, for many of the characters, the main virtue of revenge may lie in its commercial exploitation; for the remainder of the cast - nearly all of them living in a dusty slum on the outskirts of town - revenge breaks apart families, instills instinctual hatred, and only promises generations of promise unrealized.

The screenplay is understated and loosely plotted. relying for the most part on light comedy to given texture to its potentially tragic subject matter. The story of the 47 Ronin has been told too often without offering any background on the common people hidden in the background. Sometimes ignoble, it's the people who rise above the violence who seem to have achieved something great - like the failed samurai who ignores his father's dying request to kill a rival.

The film's visuals are dusty and dirty, but always arresting,helping to make for a realistic but appealing narrative. All in all, HANA YORI MO NAHO is a much needed corrective on an oft- told story.

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