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The Samurai I Loved (2005)

Semishigure (original title)
A young swordsman is forced into a tough situation. He must resolve a potential power struggle that involves his adolescent crush Fuku.

Director:

Mitsuo Kurotsuchi

Writers:

Shûhei Fujisawa (novel), Mitsuo Kurotsuchi (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Somegorô Ichikawa Somegorô Ichikawa ... Maki
Yoshino Kimura ... Fuku
Kôji Imada Kôji Imada ... Shimazaki Yonosuke
Ryô Fukawa Ryô Fukawa ... Kowada Ippei
Mieko Harada ... Tose
Ken Ogata Ken Ogata ... Maki Sukezaemon
Takuya Ishida Takuya Ishida
Aimi Satsukawa ... Fuku, childfood
Masahiro Hisano Masahiro Hisano
Yukihiro Iwabuchi Yukihiro Iwabuchi
Hisahiro Ogura Hisahiro Ogura ... Koyanagi Kanpei
Ritsuko Enomoto Ritsuko Enomoto
Eri Watanabe Eri Watanabe ... (as Eriko Watanabe)
Sachie Hara Sachie Hara
Yasuo Daichi Yasuo Daichi
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A young swordsman is forced into a tough situation. He must resolve a potential power struggle that involves his adolescent crush Fuku.

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

1 October 2005 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Samurai, den ich liebte See more »

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Anyhting Shochiku can do Toho can do better (well perhaps not better, but pretty good anyway)
11 December 2006 | by rajioSee all my reviews

Bunshiro, a young samurai finds himself on the wrong side of clan politics when his father is accused of plotting against the clan and forced to commit seppuku (ritual suicide). He and his mother find themselves evicted from their home and forced to live in a hovel. But Bunshiro is a talented swordsman and after a time he is reinstated and becomes a magistrate, filling the same job as his father. As he tours the countryside he discovers the political maneuvering which led to his fathers death is still widespread, and his childhood love who is now one of the lord's concubines has become an unwilling pawn. She has given birth to a boy and a rival faction has decided to kill the boy and blame Bunshiro.

Based on a story by Shuhei Fujisawa, who also wrote the stories "Twilight Samurai" and "Hidden Blade", Semi Shigure is a personal and intimate portrait of the life of a lowly ranked samurai. For fans of the genre, it's a must see.


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