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Scabbard Samurai 2011

  • Hitoshi Matsumoto
  • June 11, 2011
  • 103 mins
  • Japanese
  • Action, Comedy, Drama
Nomi Kanjuro (Takaaki Nomi) is a master less samurai on the run after throwing away his sword for good. He has with him his headstrong 9-year-old daughter Tae (Sea Kumada). A bounty is soon placed on Nomi Kanjuro and 3 assassins go after the score. When Nomi Kanjuro is eventually captured and placed in front of the local feudal lord (Jun Kunimura) he is given a choice. A boy prince has been grieving ever since the death of his mother. Nobody has been able to make the boy smile. Nomi can attempt to make the boy smile within 30 days or he must commit seppuku (suicide).


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A charming if not extraordinary Japanese comedy. Generally well-acted, with a unique pacing, and elevated some by its pathos. There's something of Coetzee's Michael K in Nomi's striving, and it's definitely endearing. You also can't help but feel that the film is meant at least partially as a metaphor for the Japanese comedy industry, and one wonders whether Matsumoto had been feeling unappreciated or exhausted...

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