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Semishigure (2005)

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


Mitsuo Kurotsuchi


Shûhei Fujisawa (novel), Mitsuo Kurotsuchi (screenplay)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Somegorô Ichikawa Somegorô Ichikawa ... Maki
Yoshino Kimura 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


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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1 October 2005 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Samurai, den ich liebte See more »

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Beautifully shot love story in feudal Japan
22 February 2008 | by itmflmtSee all my reviews

Mitsuo Kurotsuchi's tender love story, "The Samurai I Loved" is a beautifully shot and crafted gem of a film. Rather than streams of words, Kurotsuchi gives us nuanced emotion conveyed through few words, the actors' eyes, and supported by superb camera work and a soft color palette.

Closeups of natural scenes and ever present healing water become metaphors for the deep emotions in the film. Kurotsuchi pays a high compliment to his audience by not using easy gimmicks to get his message across. A master of subtlety, he draws in his audience through the camera lens allowing viewers to feel and intuit the emotions and thoughts of his characters which swirl just below the surface.

Applause to The Egyptian Cinemateque in Los Angeles for screening this sensitive film of feudal Japan. It deserves to be released on DVD.

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