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, Rovi

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  • Jul 18, 2011
    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 Super Reviewer
  • Jun 28, 2010
    B&W traditional samurai film, only it's made in 1999 by a director of Japanese MTV videos. Maybe a little too traditional for MTV fans, and a little too untraditional for Kurosawa fans, but it definiteily has its charms, and ninjas too. <img src="http://thumbs.filmstarts.de/image/SamuraiFiction_scene_03.jpg">
    Lesley N Super Reviewer
  • Jun 24, 2010
    I thought the music of the film was pretty cool. I enjoyed the characters.
    Marion R Super Reviewer
  • Jan 02, 2009
    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.
    danny d Super Reviewer

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