SAMURAI FICTION (4 outta 5 stars) What a terrific movie! Unusual Rock’n'Roll Samurai movie!
Three centuries ago, a precious sword has been stolen by Kazamatsuri — the sword, which historic and symbolic value is priceless for the clan. Lord’s counselor’s young son Heishiro goes to retrieve the sword himself to protect the clan from the shame or possible demise. He is accompanied with two friends, and followed by the ninjas of the clan. After Kazamatsuri wounds Heishiro and kills one of his friends, the young aristocrat still wants revenge more than sword itself, but meanwhile have to recover from his wounds, in the small forest house of a lonely samurai and his daughter. The older samurai tries to dissuade Heishiro from fighting with Kamazatsuri, but is himself gradually drawn into the conflict.
Rated 7.8 / 10 Stars from IMDB.
Director Hiroyuki Nakano creates a genuinely fresh look at that age-old jidaigeki genre. His sense of humour is slick, his presentation stylish and by the end of the movie you can not avoid being moved by the heart of the story. It’s actually cathartic for me, a fan of Samurai films and Japanese drama.
The casting is pitch-perfect, characterization is sublime, editing is effective and smartly executed, while the direction is top-notch and funky. You would also love the art direction, cinematography and best of all the soundtrack of the film. The music pieces themselves are the melody narrator of the story, as they carry you throughout the journey and mark transitions of the scenes so effectively.
Samurai Fiction will be half as good without the music, so a special praise should go the the talented Tomoyasu Hotei, who himself turned in such a cool performance as the ronin Kazamatsuri. He’s probably the most suave renegade on film after the great Toshiro Mifune.
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