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Saya Zamurai

By Hitoshi Matsumoto

Country: Japan

Language: Japanese

Casting: Takaaki Nomi, Sea Kumada, Jun Kunimura

Production year: 2011

Runtime: 01h43

Production company: Yoshimoto Kogyo Co. Ltd.

Kanjuro Nomi is an aging samurai who only has a scabbard. With a past that made him throw away his sword and refuse to fight, he now journeys to nowhere with Tae, his only daughter. Kanjuro becomes a wanted man for deserting his lord and is sentenced to ”The Thirty-Day Feat”: a formidable task to restore a smile to the sad prince who has lost his mother. He has thirty days to complete his assignment and one chance per day; if he succeeds, he walks free. If he fails, he must commit seppuku (the Japanese ritual suicide by disembowelment). The pressure is on as Kanjuro and Tae risk their lives in a battle of wits without a sword. Will the samurai be able to save himself and his beloved daughter ?

Locarno 2011 – Piazza Grande

Pusan Film Festival 2011

Sitges 2011

Mar del Plata 2011

Asian FF 2011 – Czech Republic

Tromso FF 2012 – Norway

Black Movie FF 2012 – Switzerland

Deauville Asian FF 2012

Hong Kong IFF 2012


Transilvania IFF 2012

NY Festival of Japanese Contemporary Cinema 2012

Sarajevo IFF

Asian FF – Dallas

Durban IFF 2012

Films From the South 2013 – Norway

Kolkata IFF 2012

Casa Encendida 2013

RiverRun IFF 2013

« A film of saber without saber (or almost), doubled by a comedy which turns to drama with an epilogue as unexpected as moving. » - 20 Minutes

« Saya Zamurai, behind the apparent frivolity of its words, constitutes a deeper reflection, perhaps, on the show itself. A bizarre marriage of a Zen tale with a film by Laurel and Hardy. » - Le Monde