Samurai Shifters




Film Festivals:

JAPAN CUTS: Festival of New Japanese Film
Japanese Film Festival Australia
Japanese Film Festival India
Japanese Film Festival Kuala Lumpur
Japannual Japanese Film Festival Vienna
Tokyo International Film Festival



This period comedy about maltreated samurai frantically trying to keep up with the reckless requests of their lord is an adaptation of an historical novel by Akihiro Dobashi who also wrote the highly successful Samurai Hustle. The quirky laffer is directed by Isshin Inudo (The Floating Castle, Josee, the Tiger and the Fish) and stars singer and actor Gen Hoshino (Why Don’t You Play in Hell?), Issey Takahashi (The Lies She Loved) and Mitsuki Takahata (Destiny: The Tale of Kamakura).


Naonori Matsudaira is an unfortunate lord who is forced to move – at great expense – across Japan from west to east seven times. The strain of these repeated relocations takes its toll and after he dies, his mantle is inherited by the ineffectual Shunnosuke Katagiri (Hoshino). With no money, experience or manpower Katagiri is forced to relocate himself and his people thousands of kilometres away and if he puts one foot wrong he can be ordered to commit ritual suicide. As a result he seeks the aid of his childhood friend Takamura (Takahashi) and the beautiful but headstrong Oran (Takahata). 




Gen Hoshino, Issey Takahashi, Mitsuki Takahata

Director: Isshin Inudo
Duration (min) : 120 min (tbc), Th/Ed
Version: Theatrical, Edited
Grade: PG-13
Genre: Comedy, History
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: Chinese & English/English





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