Thursday, August 20, 2009

The Samurai I Loved

Bunshiro's (Somegoro Ichikawa) family is abolished when his father (Ken Ogata) is forced to commit seppuku under mysterious circumstances. Evicted from his mansion, he and his mother are forced to live in a dilapidated hut. But like deja-vu, Bunshiro finds himself placed in a similar predicament his father was in. The fact that it also involves his childhood sweetheart Fuku (Yoshino Kimura), only complicates it futher.

Yearning for more jidaigeki like the Yoji Yamada trilogy pushed me towards this one. Fact that it is based on a Shûhei Fujisawa novel only made it more promising. But all it did was reiterate what a master Yamada san is.

Rating: * * +

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