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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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  Aya
Keiko Aya

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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
danny d

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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. Photobucket

El Hombre Invisible
El Hombre Invisible

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Aaron Yamasato needs to take a lesson from director Hiroyuki Nakano. This is how you write your first samurai movie. First things first, what you see on the cover is the opening sequence of this film and yes, Tarantino uses this in Kill Bill.

This film is a mixture of the past and the present. I say this because it plays out like a classic samurai picture, except with more modernized humor, acting, and dialogue. Considering that this film came out around 1998, it makes sense. If you look at this film from a high level, the story isn't all that spectacular. A samurai hunting another samurai for a special sword. What makes this film entertaining is the way this story is told. It is shot entirely in black and white, which gives it that classic look. There is only a hint of color, for a second at a time, that shows up every so often throughout the movie. I wouldn't say it is brilliant, but the way that it is used is quite interesting.

A few other successful aspects of this film are the characters and the cinematography. The story provides a small variety of different characters and if you combine them with the good camera work, the film flows nicely.

The most disappointing part of this film is the sword play. There is not enough of it, especially in the middle, and the choreography, while decent, is just not entertaining enough. Then again, everybody has different tastes, so the sword play may actually be good enough for some people. Once again, the camera work is good for these sequences.

As far as the music goes, you will either like it or hate it. I myself enjoyed it. Tomoyasu Hotei is not only in this film, but he composed the music as well. Like the film, it is a mixture of music that you will possibly here in classic as well as current films. The current sounding rock-techno stuff may sound out of place to some people. Watch this film and decide for yourself.

The acting is pretty good. A few characters are over acted, but I assume that is what the director is going for. There is also a couple characters that are underdeveloped and underused, in my opinion. The star of the show is Tamaki Ogawa who acts as good as she looks.

Give this film a watch if you want an old-fashioned samurai flick that is a bit modernized in some departments.

JY Skacto
JY Skacto

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