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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 »

Director:

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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Drama | History

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Moving and compelling period film
30 November 2009 | by alisoncolegrooveqSee all my reviews

Beautiful, moving, wonderful direction and costuming. This film, set in the Edo period, really captures the hardship that all facets of society experienced throughout this turbulent time in Japanese history. A sweet romantic story balanced by the harsh and unjust cruelty that was metered out by corrupt authorities. A simple story on honour and justice. The director, Tetsuo Shinohara, shows a wonderful maturity in his direction, with pace and beauty moving the story along without wallowing in too much sentimentality. A beautiful balance of all the elements of film making; performances and direction, score, editing, script and art direction come together make this film a captivating experience. Rena Tanaka and Noriyuki Higashiyama are wonderfully poised and moving in their performances, both beautiful and completely look the part. I was so moved and completely drawn into this film. Beautiful ideas, beautiful images, moving score and above all, it comes together to tell a story that is a timeless classic. Mesmerizing.


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Official Sites:

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

31 May 2008 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

山桜 See more »

Filming Locations:

Japan

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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