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Yamazakura (2008)

Based on a short story written by Shuhei Fujisawa (who also wrote Twilight Samurai, The Hidden Blade, Love and Honor), the film depicts the uneasy life of Noe Isomura (Rena Tanaka) with the... See full synopsis »

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Tetsuo Shinohara

Writers:

Shûhei Fujisawa (novel), Yasuo Hasegawa (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Rena Tanaka ... Noe Isomura
Noriyuki Higashiyama Noriyuki Higashiyama ... Yoichiro Tezuka
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tetsuya Chiba Tetsuya Chiba ... Shouzaemon Isomura
Fumi Dan Fumi Dan
Sumiko Fuji Sumiko Fuji ... Shizu Tezuka
Reina Fujii Reina Fujii
Ben Hiura Ben Hiura ... (as Tsutomu Hiura)
Takahiro Hôjô Takahiro Hôjô ... Shinnosuke Urai
Kôjun Itô Kôjun Itô
Nao Minamisawa Nao Minamisawa
Kunio Murai Kunio Murai
Eiko Nagashima Eiko Nagashima
Saburô Shinoda Saburô Shinoda
Chôei Takahashi Chôei Takahashi
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Based on a short story written by Shuhei Fujisawa (who also wrote Twilight Samurai, The Hidden Blade, Love and Honor), the film depicts the uneasy life of Noe Isomura (Rena Tanaka) with the difficult family she has married into after her former husband passed away. One day as she tries to brake off a branch of a cherry tree, she is aided by a samurai who she does not recognize but who recognizes her. He turns out to be a former suitor that she never met named Yaichiro Tezuka (Noriyuki Higashiyama) and who teaches swordsmanship to the local samurai. Meanwhile, the powerful new chief retainer of the village enacts land policies that threaten the survival of the local farmers.

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

31 May 2008 (Japan) See more »

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Japan

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Unremarkable jidaigeki
19 May 2009 | by ethSinSee all my reviews

A typical samurai story, an unhappy heroine in love with a hero who broke the law to protect the people.

This movie focused a lot on the main characters with very little happening in the film, much like Yamada Youji's recent Jidaigeki (historical genre) films, but it lacked the magic that kept me interested throughout the movie.

I have also never encountered anyone who seemed as out of place in traditional Japanese costumes as Tanaka Rena. I personally think she's a cute person, but she never seems fit her role in movies. She completely lacked the oriental sexiness in kimono. Another problems was that she was supposed to be married, and had a much younger sister who's 16... but she herself didn't seem to be older than 16 (even in Asian standards). Tanaka Rena is 28 years old, but she seemed way too immature for this role.

The highlight of this film is Hitoto You's theme song "Shiori" in the very end. Very nice song perfect for this film's theme.


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