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Samurai Fiction (SF: Episode One) (1998)

Samurai Fiction (SF: Episode One) (1998)

Samurai Fiction (SF: Episode One)

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Simultaneous parodying and paying tribute to classic Japanese samurai films, Samurai Fiction marries a knowing satire of the dramatic elements of movies about traditional Japanese warriors with exciting, straightforward fight sequences. In 1696, the Shogun's samurai keep the peace in a divided land as Inukai (Mitsuru Fukikoshi) studies the way of the warrior. The son of his clan's hereditary leader, Inukai has a short temper and isn't especially smart; when his clan's prized traditional sword is stolen by their nemesis, Kazamatsuri (Tomoyasu Hotei), he's sent to look for it, but just to be safe, two other samurai are sent along -- Kurosawa and Suzuki. Kazamatsuri, however, makes short work of the two veteran warriors, and Inukai escaped, wounded, to the home of Mizoguchi (Morio Kazama). Mizoguchi welcomes him into his home, espousing the virtues of pacifisms, while his lovely daughter Koharu (Tamaki Ogawa) nurses him back to health. However, after Kazamatsuri re-emerges as a bodyguard for a female gambling tycoon, Okatsu (Mari Natsuki), Inukai realized he must meet Kazamatsuri again for a final battle. Tomoyasu Hotei, who plays the villain, is also a popular and acclaimed guitarist in Japan, and he also scored this film. ~ Mark Deming, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Action & Adventure, Comedy
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In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 15, 2003
Runtime:

Cast

Morio Kazama
as Hanbei Mizoguchi
Mitsuru Fukikoshi
as Heishiro Inukai
Tomoyasu Hotei
as Rannosuke Kazamatsur...
Tamaki Ogawa
as Koharu Mizoguchi
Kei Tani
as Ninja
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Critic Reviews for Samurai Fiction (SF: Episode One)

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (2)

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Audience Reviews for Samurai Fiction (SF: Episode One)

½

Meh some avarage stuff i have seen better in my time and i love these kinds of films...

This one just didn't work for me but i liked the concet and idea.

Bad acting dull plot... Meh samurai films could be better.

Keiko A. --Samurai--
Keiko Aya

Super Reviewer

½

samurai comedy. i actually was ready to hate this film, but there was a charm to it that made me love it by the end. the music was terrible and the action left me wanting, but the attempt to do samurai comedy was a noble one and didnt fall flat, so the charisma of the characters works despite its silliness. great flick.

sanjurosamurai
danny d

Super Reviewer

At first, Samurai Fiction looks like one of those old black and white samurai movies but has a visual quality of its' own shot in black and white with color in key scenes. There are a lot of characters, some more important than others, but each have their own uniqueness and qualities. The bad guys are equally likable as the good guys in the quest for a samurai's honor

The swordfights that are seen are pretty basic and simple, nothing elaborate but with realism. Even without a high action level, this movie has a high entertainment factor for the story and visuals. The old ninja is my favorite.

DrBenway
El Hombre Invisible

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