Samurai Fiction

1999 Action/Adventure | Comedy

The classic samurai film has been strikingly updated in this feature debut by Hiroyuki Nakano, who has taken the genre and respectfully added a dynamic new flare. Skillfully blending traditional Japanese filmmaking techniques and advanced digital technology, as well as a masterful sense of humor and some rock 'n' roll, Samurai Fiction is a magnificent and mesmerizing bash that will joyously knock your socks off. Set in an undetermined place and time, the story follows short-tempered Heishiro Inukai and his two closest friends, Kurosawa and Suzuki, who are attempting to reclaim their clan's most precious object: a sword entrusted to them by the shogun himself. Kazamatsuri, the very man hired to protect the sword, is the one who has made off with it. When the trio catches up to him, he easily handles the would-be heroes, which sends Heishiro to get aid from a pacifist samurai, who not only holds the key to defeating Kazamatsuri but also has a daughter whom Heishiro falls in love with. Boiling over with style, Samurai Fiction is dazzlingly photographed in exquisite black and white with perfectly placed bursts of vivid color. The battle scenes are masterfully choreographed and filmed in a way never imagined before. Nakano has created a modern masterpiece which honors the originals but boldly enhances them with cutting-edge humor and shape. This is a film sure to carve its way into the forefront of Japanese cinema.

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