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Raise the Castle! (2009)

Chikujô seyo! (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 20 June 2009 (Japan)
Three men are possessed by the spirits of ancient samurai determined to build their master's castle, even if they must use cardboard.


Yo Kohatsu


Yo Kohatsu (original story), Yo Kohatsu (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Credited cast:
Ainosuke Kataoka Ainosuke Kataoka
Hana Ebise Hana Ebise
Tôru Emori Tôru Emori
Kai Atô Kai Atô
Tomoko Fujita Tomoko Fujita
Takashi Tsumura Takashi Tsumura
Eri Fuse
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Haruo Furuya Haruo Furuya
Mitsuko Hoshi Mitsuko Hoshi
Masayuki Kizu Masayuki Kizu
Shûzô Mitamura Shûzô Mitamura ... (as Shuzou Mitamura)
Yûko Nishimaru Yûko Nishimaru
Hiroshi Ohmori Hiroshi Ohmori
Shinya Ono Shinya Ono
Hiroko Sonoda Hiroko Sonoda


The samurai lord, Ondaiji, travels 400 years to fulfill his dream of raising a castle. He finds an understanding professor, dim town officials, a mysterious old lady, and happy-go-lucky tramps who suggest the best material for the castle is cardboard. Cardboard? What will he do with his shachihoko? Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Drama


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I haven't seen this movie but here's some important info...
1 October 2012 | by rooprectSee all my reviews

Usually it's a good idea to watch a movie before reviewing it. But after spending all morning researching this obscure film, I figured I'd share the info I've found even though I haven't picked up the DVD yet.

First and most obvious, Akira Kurosawa did NOT direct this film. I'm guessing you know that already. But you'd be surprised at how much misinformation there is when you google the UPC code for this DVD (891514001030).

Second, as IMDb correctly states, the full version is 2 hrs long. But that DVD is currently only available in Japan. The international version you're probably considering watching is the 59 minute short film made in 2005 and shown at various film festivals. That's the only version for sale on Amazon, distributed by Cinema Epoch and released on Apr 10, 2007.

The 2 hr version was released in 2009 by some distributor whose name I don't know because I can't read Japanese. I'll try to post their website here and hope IMDb will allow it...


I've heard the full version is wonderful. The chopped version is OK, I'm told, but seems incomplete and rushed. I think I'll wait for the real deal myself. Good luck!

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20 June 2009 (Japan) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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