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Mibu gishi den (2002)

Not Rated | | Drama | 18 January 2003 (Japan)
A samurai goes to extraordinary lengths to provide for his family.

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Credited cast:
... Kanichiro Yoshimura
Kôichi Satô ... Hajime Saitô
Yui Natsukawa ... Shizu / Mitsu
Takehiro Murata ... Chiaki Ono
... Nui
Yûji Miyake ... Jiroemon Ono
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yoshinori Hiruma ... Shinpachi Nagakura
Keisuke Horibe ... Yasunoshin Shinohara
Atsushi Itô ... Young Chiaki Ono
... Yoshinobu Tokugawa
... Shûhei Kondô (as Ryô Kase)
Momo Nakayama ... Young Mitsu Yoshimura
... Toshizô Hijikata
Ayumu Saitô ... Kashitaro Itô
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Kanichiro Yoshimura is a Samurai and Family man who can no longer support his wife and children on the the low pay he receives from his small town clan, he is forced by the love for his family to leave for the city in search of higher pay to support them. In his search he joins a notorious clan, known as the Shinsengumi where he does as much as possible to get money. Looked at as a money grubber,Yoshimura proves his strength physically and mentally by being loyal to his honor. During the dramatic period, with the rise of the Emperor and the fall of the Shogun. Yoshimura shows us the struggle of life in a personal way, by changing the lives of the people he meets and the way life is looked at. Written by C. Maginnis

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$4,000,000 (estimated)
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The Shinsengumi were a group of swordsmen employed by the Tokugawa shogunate. The group was created during the crisis period of the late Edo period when some groups in Japan wanted to overthrow the shogunate and return the emperor to a more central position. The Shinsengumi's initial name was "Ronin of Mibu" from which the title of the film was derived. Mibu happens to be a town where the group was formed. See more »

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Hajime Saitô: A fox thinks for himself - while a dog simply follows.
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Excellent movie that deserves more recognition
13 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

I watched the DVD of Mibu Gishi Den last night after it was lent to me by a friend. I had never heard of it before so watched it with no idea what it was about, other than I was told it was a story about he Samurai.

Well it blew me totally away. Like many foreign movies, I struggled at first with the names of the characters, and as they were dressed similar and all had the same haircut, I had a bit of trouble working out who was who!

Nevertheless I persevered and after 30 minutes had more or less followed the plot. It certainly got easier as the film unfolded and in the end there was a tear in my eye. I won't give away the plot of the film, as others have already done this. Just to say at the end as the titles rolled there was a lump in my throat. Repeated viewings will make the movie a better experience.

This DVD is available on region 3 now and certainly well worth owning. It is a far superior Samurai film compared to The Last Samurai with Tom Cruise.

Don't pass up the chance to see this remarkable movie. The two leads are excellent actors, and though I have never heard of them before, I should imagine they are very well known in their native Japan.

Grade A.


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