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Veteran filmmaker Yoji Yamada -- who is perhaps most famous for cranking out most of the 48 films of the Yoji Yamada series -- directs this good-natured drama set in the waning years of the Edo period (1600-1867). Seibei (Hiroyuki Sanada) is a low-level samurai struggling to get by on stipend of 50 rice bales a year while working as a clerk at the clan office. While his co-workers spend their evenings sucking down sake at the local pub, Seibei, whose wife has passed away, heads straight home to care for his two young daughters and doddering mother. One day, his friend Michinojo (Mitsuru Fukikoshi) tells him that his boyhood friend Tomoe (Rie Miyazawa), is leaving her thuggish husband and returning home. Tomoe soon starts to frequent Seibei's house, taking care of his daughters, while Seibei quietly falls in love with the attractive young lass. After defeating Tomoe's husband in a duel, armed with only a pointed stick, Seibei is asked by Michinojo if he wants to marry Tomoe. Seibei declines, too embarrassed by his poverty to accept. Later, as he prepares to perform the distasteful task of killing a fellow samurai, he learns that Tomoe is engaged to another man. ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovi

  • Release date:November 2, 2002

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Yoji Yamada Best Foreign Language Film 2003 Nominee

Cast

Hiroyuki Sanada
as Seibei Iguchi
Rie Miyazawa
as Tomoe Iinuma
Nenji Kobayashi
as Chobei Kursaka
Ren Osugi
as Toyotaro Koda
Mitsuru Fukikoshi
as Michinojo Iinuma
Hiroshi Kanbe
as Naota
Min Tanaka
as Zenemon Yogo
Erina Hashiguchi
as Ito Iguchi

Crew

Yoji Yamada
Director
Hiroshi Fukasawa
Producer
Ichiro Yamamoto
Producer
Shigehiro Nakagawa
Producer
Shuhei Fujisawa
Book Author
Yoji Yamada
Screenwriter
Yoshitaka Asama
Screenwriter
Mutsuo Naganuma
Cinematographer
Isao Tomita
Composer (Music Score)
Iwao Ishii
Editor
Mitsuo Degawa
Production Designer
Kazuko Kurosawa
Costume Designer
Kazumi Kishida
Sound/Sound Designer
Hiroshi Kuze
Choreography
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