The samurai I loved

The samurai I loved

Semishigure

DVD - 2009 | Japanese
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A young man spends his life trying to forget the shame in his father's untimely death, and once grown, finds himself at the hands of the same men who helped in his father's demise.
Publisher: [United States] :, Geneon Entertainment ;, Wilmington, NC :, Animeigo,, [2009]
Edition: Widescreen edition.
Copyright Date: ©2009
ISBN: 9781565675261
1565675266
Branch Call Number: JPN DVD FEATURE SAM
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (131 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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Alternative Title: Semishigure

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akirakato
Jan 03, 2018

Directed by Mitsuo Kurotsuchi (黒土三男) in 2005 based on the novel by Shuhei Fujisawa (藤沢周平), this Japanese period drama delves into a noble love story of a samurai and his childhood love during the 17th-century Edo era.
Following his father's forced harakiri, Bunshiro and his mother are left with nothing but a meager income and the shame of his father's alleged treason.
After years of dedicating himself to swordmanship, he becomes a crop inspector, but finds himself ensnared by the same devious retainers that cost his father his life.
How can he solve the life-or-death problem?
After the intriguing conspiracy and mind-boggling sword-fighting, you should be able to appreciate the unbelievably noble love story.

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SEELOCHAN BEHARRY
Dec 14, 2017

This film was enjoyable to watch. The story is extremely well-presented. Enjoyed the background scenes. The story is set in feudal japan and therefore gives an idea of life in those times. I understand why it was nominated and/or won awards.
You will have to see it to enjoy it.
Seelochan Beharry
Author: The Prehistories of Baseball

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jimg2000
Mar 29, 2017

AKA Semishigure (蝉しぐれ, 蝉時雨, cicadas shower, chorus of cicadas ...) The teenage son of a samurai and his sweetheart were separated by fate and circumstances caused by their scheming fief leaders during the end of the Edo period. Twenty years later, they reclaimed their lost love, at least in heart. Beautiful cinematography of nature: green fields, mountains, sunsets, white snow, picturesque hamlet, temples, blinding rain, cherry blossoms ... and omnipresent cicadas in hot summers throughout the epic film. It is one of those films not to be rushed.
7.2/10 IMDb; 90% Rotten Tomatoes

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pianomarket
Nov 09, 2011

Essentially a love story with a Samurai backdrop. Fine artistic mood, well thought out photography, good acting and sensible English subtitles. The last 5 minutes are a little drawn out to squeeze the last teardrop. The obligatory sword fight is not epic, but entirely acceptable and not excessively gory.

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jimg2000
Mar 29, 2017

It may rain.
-I say clear sky.
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You won't learn unless you get hit... and feel pain!
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Listen, Yonosuke. Edo is a great place! It's not small like our town. Men can pursue their dreams there.
Sentiment will quickly go away.
-How do you know, Ippei? Have you ever been to Edo?
Why ask a silly question? I've never been there. ... Hey, Bunshiro. Yonosuke is laughing!
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The details ... will come out later. But I did nothing to be ashamed of! I did it not for desire, but for duty.
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I had many more things to say. but I didn't think to say them while I was with my father.
-That's how things go. We are born to regret things.
I should have said how much I respected him, and not to worry about my mother. I' ll take care of her... for raising me... with the utmost dedication ...

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jimg2000
Mar 29, 2017

I have news about Fuku-sama, our lord's new concubine. She's your childhood friend.
-That's right.
I heard you two... were in love?
-Stop kidding. Hey!
Ippei told me so.
- Ippei did? That is wrong... I can't believe he said that!
I see. In that case, I guess you don't want to hear about her.
-What do you mean?
If you're interested I'll tell you what I've heard in Edo.
-Is it... good news or, bad news?
Well ...
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You've also grown while I was gone!
-In my case. I just put some height.
No, no! Ippei, I'm talking about you as a man.
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Come hit me. It's okay. Hit me with the wooden sword. ... Use your mind's eye.

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jimg2000
Mar 29, 2017

I recall it very well . I wouldn't forget it. Even if I tried to do so. I would never forget it.
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I just wish I was your children's mother... and you were my son's father. I deeply regret... that I am not.
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If he said no, they would threaten his family.
-They already have. There is nothing I can do.
But, if you obeyed your life would be in danger.
-I will obey but, I'm not going to walk into a trap.
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You thought I was just a child. But you were wrong. Innocent people died but, I also had to save my own life. Men were killed to satisfy your selfish interests! That's wrong.
-They died for the clan.
Silence ! I' m fed up with your pitiful excuses! It sounds like you wouldn't understand those who were killed. How they would have felt when they died.
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I will die with you. Two of us... Three of us!

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jimg2000
Mar 29, 2017

The Samurai I Loved Liner Notes in extras or from DVD publisher AnimEigo, Inc web site:

https://www.animeigo.com/liner/samurai/samurai-i-loved/

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