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Hana yori mo naho (2006)

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A troubled young samurai seeks revenge for the death of his father.

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Hirokazu Koreeda
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jun'ichi Okada Jun'ichi Okada ... Aoki Souzaemon aka 'Soza'
Rie Miyazawa 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 Tomoko Tabata ... Onobu
Yui Natsukawa Yui Natsukawa ... Oryo
Renji Ishibashi Renji Ishibashi ... Shozaburo Aoki
Ryûhei Ueshima Ryûhei Ueshima ... Otokichi
Yûichi Kimura Yûichi Kimura ... Magosaburo
Seiji Chihara Seiji Chihara ... Tomekichi
Ryo Kase ... Sodekichi (as Ryô Kase)
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Storyline

In 1702, set against the backdrop of a long-delayed and insatiable revenge, a reserved samurai, Aoki Sozaemon, leaves his hometown in Matsumoto to come to bustling Edo in search of his father's killer. Unaccomplished as a swordsman, with his funds quickly drying up, Sozaemon must honour his clan's demand to avenge a disgraceful death, however, when he finally finds his target, he will have to make a difficult decision before a crushing dilemma. Is the way of the samurai stronger than the way of the heart? Written by Nick Riganas

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To Kill or Not to Kill, That is the Question.

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

6 May 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hana: The Tale of a Reluctant Samurai See more »

Filming Locations:

Kyoto, Japan

Company Credits

Production Co:

Shôchiku Eiga See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Light and enjoyable
5 August 2007 | by paulmartin-2See all my reviews

This film was produced by Shochiku, a studio that I'm told is renowned for it's middle-of-the-road part-comedy/part-pathos films. Hana fits squarely in that territory and is Kore-eda's most commercial film to date.

Set in the slums of 1702 Edo (now Tokyo), the cinematography and attention to period detail were excellent. The story itself is fairly lame. A young samurai, incompetent with a sword seeks revenge for his father's death, but finds himself unable to carry out the act.

There's no doubting the competence of the director and the film's visuals are a joy to behold. It's not something that particularly engages me, but is the sort of film I would love to take my six year old son to. The blend of humour and almost slapstick action would certainly be enjoyed by him. Mind you, this is not really a children's film, even though it has the appeal of a Japanese version of a Disney film. Many adults would enjoy it, but it's not my thing.


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