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Sakigake!! Otokojuku (Be a Man! Samurai School) (2008)





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A group of aspiring samurais learn that true honor doesn't come without great suffering - not to mention some good old fashioned humiliation - in actor-turned-director Tak Sakaguchi's adaptation of the Akira Miyashita's popular manga. Spineless Hidemaro isn't much of a man, so in order to gain some intestinal fortitude he enrolls in Otoko-juku. At Otoko-juku, students train to be samurais the old fashioned way - through sheer endurance. It certainly isn't a walk in the park, and precious few freshmen actually make the cut. Others, like Momo (Sakaguchi), seem to possess the strength and stamina of 10 men. Later, just as Hidemaro begins to get the hang of life at Otoko-juku, a ruthless former student returns to campus determined to overthrow the faculty, and impose his own brutal will on the current crop of pupils. With their backs against the wall, Hidemaro, his classmates, and their teachers prepare to take back the campus by force. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi


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Tak Sakaguchi takes a seat in the director's chair for Be a Man! Samurai School.

Going from minute 1 to minute 105 is quite the hike. At a high level, the story is there, but the execution of the plot details is lacking. The character buildup meanders, while the comedy isn't used as effectively as it can be. On a positive note, it's difficult to see what's coming from scene to scene thanks to the over the top antics of the story.

The action is good. Once again, this is an area with the potential for better usage; although, it's hard to argue with the 2 combatants in the final showdown.

Tak Sakaguchi shines when it comes to the action, but not so much on the acting. A lot of it is due to the writing of his character. Hideo Sakaki is a worthy adversary while the rest of the cast is outrageous and overacted.

Be a Man! Samurai School has the makings of an over the top manga, but it only reaches that level from time to time when it's all said and done.

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