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Ôoku (2010)

In the year 1716 a mysterious epidemic strickens the country of Japan, dropping the population of men to 1/4th of its prior state. With the drastic reduction of men, more and more families ... See full synopsis »

Director:

Fuminori Kaneko

Writers:

Fumi Yoshinaga (manga), Natsuko Takahashi (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Ko Shibasaki ... Yoshimune (as Kô Shibasaki)
Kazunari Ninomiya ... Mizuno
Yûta Koseki
Mahiro Takasugi Mahiro Takasugi ... Servant
Hiroshi Tamaki ... Matsushima
Maki Horikita Maki Horikita ... Onobu
Yuka Itaya Yuka Itaya ... Tadashuke Okawa
Terunosuke Takezai ... Shirakawa
Tsuyoshi Muro ... Soezima
Mitsuko Baishô Mitsuko Baishô ... Yorinobu Mizuno
Kuranosuke Sasaki ... Huzinami
Sadao Abe Sadao Abe ... Sugishita
Nobuaki Kaneko Nobuaki Kaneko ... Hidari Kiburou
Yoshihiko Hosoda ... Sekawa
Aoi Nakamura ... Kakiten
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In the year 1716 a mysterious epidemic strickens the country of Japan, dropping the population of men to 1/4th of its prior state. With the drastic reduction of men, more and more families struggle to maintain in Japan. While more and more males are sought out for their ability to produce children, a 19 yr old young man named Unoshin Mizuno (Kazunari Ninomiya) hopes to marry childhood sweetheart Onobu (Maki Horikita). Due to class differences he realizes this is almost impossible. To raise his social status and also save his poor family, Unoshin Mizuno enters the Ohoku (inner chambers of the Shogun's castle) and attempts to vie among 3,000 other men for the affection of the female shogun. What Unoshin Mizuno quickly learns about the Ohoku is that the men there are all beautiful, but highly ambitious and conniving. In this environment, the 7th shogun Tokugawa passes away and the new shogun Yoshimune Tokugawa (Kou Shibasaki) takes the throne and enters the Ohoku...

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

1 October 2010 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

The Lady Shogun and Her Men See more »

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Budget:

JPY 1,000,000,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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UNIQUE! Two thumbs up for brilliant storytelling!!
27 April 2011 | by BronzeKeilani26See all my reviews

I have to say I was blown away by this newer version of "Ôoku"! It turned out to be much better then we imagined it would be.

But first of all, let me say that I don't know why someone wrote Sci-Fi for the genre here at IMDb. It doesn't even come close to a Sci-fi flick. I was not expecting a story with such depth tho...The cinematography, the art direction, and the sheer enormity of the visuals were as beautiful as expected of Japan in various seasons. And even more, the acting was superb! Very emotional at times. Personally, I think that the characters are very well developed because they are complex, deceptive and quite multi-dimensional in their basic human drives. They make sense within the constraints in which they are cast. We get the full spectrum of a movie; varied scenery and ambiance, multiple stories, realistic characters, a realistic society portrait, and so on. Certainly, this movie has strong characters, but like the inner chambers of any Shogun's castle, they are puppets. Along with intense & emotional moments, it concludes with a mind blowing twist that'll keep this movie on your mind long after it's over.

Lastly, the filmmakers who designed and implemented all the sets and costumes should take a hell of a lot of pride in what they do. Some of the most lavish personal quarters and outfits I've ever seen in a Japanese flick of this time period!

Overall, it's an entertaining movie with an understandable story and believable characters that no Japanese movie lover should miss! :)


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