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Toshokan sensô (2013)

Set in the year 2019 in Japan. In order to crack down on free expression, a new law is passed, which allows for the government to create an armed force to find and destroy objectionable ... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
Jun'ichi Okada ...
Atsushi Dôjô
Nana Eikura ...
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Asako Shibasaki
Kei Tanaka ...
Mikihisa Komaki
Sôta Fukushi ...
Hikaru Tezuka
Kôji Ishizaka ...
Gen Nishina
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kazuyuki Aijima
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Jun Hashimoto ...
Ryusuke Genda
Kiyoshi Kodama ...
(archive footage)
Tomoya Maeno ...
Shûichirô Masuda ...
(as Shuichiro Masuda)
Ozuno Nakamura
Taiju Nemoto


Set in the year 2019 in Japan. In order to crack down on free expression, a new law is passed, which allows for the government to create an armed force to find and destroy objectionable printed material. Meanwhile, to oppose this oppressive crackdown, the Library Force is created. The Library force, including instructor Atsushi Dojo and Iku Kasahara, work to protect the libraries. A fierce battle then ensues between these two groups. Written by anonymous

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Librarians As a Military Force for Good
31 July 2013 | by See all my reviews

In the 1980s, the Japanese government debates and ultimately creates the Media Betterment Department, whose purpose is to confiscate those books deemed to be detrimental to the Japanese population. Following a horrific massacre and book-burning in 1999, some librarians decide to fight back, and thus the Library Defense Force is born. Fast-forward to 2014 and young Iku (Nana Eikura) has found the last volume in a fantasy series, but Media Betterment officers try to confiscate it; a member of the Library Defense Force arrives, declares the book authorized and saves the day for her. Iku is smitten, and resolves to become a member of that dedicated body, and in 2019 she finally becomes an officer of the Library Defense Force. But it's a harder job than she thinks, involving as it does military-level physical training and organizational skills. In addition, her military commander, Dojo (Junichi Okada) seems to dislike and despise her, and he does all he can to get her to quit the Force.... This is a really strange idea, that librarians are a para-military force whose purpose is to defend against censorship, but director Shinsuke Sato pulls it off magnificently. The film is part farce, part rom-com and part gritty war film, which might suggest that it's all over the map, but in fact it all holds together beautifully. Apparently the main 6 or 7 characters are all played by superstars of Japanese cinema, and we're definitely treated to their expertise in all these styles of acting; and the way the film ends sets it up perfectly for a to-be-hoped-for sequel, yay!

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