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Funny because it's so human. Works best if you're familiar with the Samurai revenge film, but works incredibly well even if you aren't.
A different kind of samurai film, as the hero, although a samurai out to avenge his fathers death, would really rather be teaching school and hanging out with the local widow. And since it's directed by the thoughtful Kirokazu Koreeda (AFTER LIFE, MABOROSHI), instead of swordfights, you get a colourful slum background, plenty of lively characters, comedy and a bit of philosophizing on revenge and wisdom. Different is good.
a beautiful film. koreeda blends period drama with a strong fusion of humor and adds great shot sequences to create a surprisingly understated samurai film. the entire film doesnt feature a single sword fight, but this is fitting considering the period of japanese history that the film takes place in, a peace period. instead of action we get a more realistic look at what samurai life might have looked like during this period. a solid film.
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