Hana yori mo nao

Hana yori mo nao

The tale of a reluctant samurai

DVD - 2005 | Japanese
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Director Hirokazu Koreeda turns the popularly held conventions of the typical samurai evenge tale on their head with this story of a man whose quest to avenge the death of his father gradually takes a back seat to his emerging role as a key figure in the community. The year is 1702, and young samurai Sozaemon Aoki (Junichi Okada) has arrived in Edo to seek revenge against Jubei Kanazawa (Tadanoby Asano). Kanazawa is the man responsible for the death of Aoki's father, and now it's up to the grieving swordsman to settle the score. When Aoki begins teaching the children of Edo to read and write, however, his bloodlust slowly begins to subside as he cones to realize the true value of his useful place in society. Upon falling in love with the beautiful Osae (Rie Miyazawa), Aoki comes to realize that although the sword may be a powerful symbol of strength, allowing oneself to fall victim to its savage allure may not always be the best way to realizing ones true heroism.
Publisher: [Japan?] : Hana Film Partners : FUNimation Entertainment, 2005
ISBN: 9781421012469
1421012464
Call Number: JAPANESE DVD F HANA
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (120 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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jimg2000
Aug 11, 2016

Translation could be done better. Anyway opening intro:
In the year 1701, in a royal hallway of Edo castle, Lord Akou assaulted Kira, a nobleman, with his sword! Lord Akou was made to commit hara-kiri as his vassals scattered as ronin, disguised as merchants and doctors.... Our story begins one year later in a poor neighborhood in Edo. By this winter morning, swordfighting has blown out of fashion with the wind.
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You heard? He knows one of the government retainers and has a relative in the castle study. Oh, no, the tale keeps getting taller and taller.
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How the hell are you ever going to avenge your father?
-"How the hell..." I'll strike him with all my might and if that's not sufficient, I'll take my life gracefully,
just like the cherry blossoms. That's the warrior's way of death. This, my father taught me.

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jimg2000
Aug 11, 2016

I envy you. If your revenge plan goes well, you'll be a rich and respected man. You can leave this seedy life behind. Lucky your father left you a score to settle. My father died peacefully that's no use at all.
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I'll go over it once more so listen well. Our shit fertilizes the rice paddies and fields. That's why the farmer pays to buy it from the rich landlord, ho owns this tenement. And that money pays for New Year's rice cakes for all of us
-You mean, rice cakes come from shit?
Well, not quite, but you're not far off, either.
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Finding a man in Edo's sprawl is like winning the lottery. It could take 10 years, no, 20...

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jimg2000
Aug 11, 2016

But why here? Any special reason?
-These places often shelter strangers. A good place to seek my enemy...
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If, after living his whole life, your father left you nothing but hate, it would be unbearably sad.
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What's going on here?
-Shinbo's practicing vengeance.
For the play?
-No, the genuine article. Swing it down hard ... And shout...
Oto san, what would you do in his place?
-I'd learn how to take a punch without getting .
How's that?
-Let 'em hit you where it doesn't hurt and call it quits.
Who taught you that pathetic trick?
-My dad, before he died.
What a legacy!
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But a samurai teaching the abacus? Got nothing to do with avenging...
-As they say, "Hunger is a terrible master... Hunger's the master. The point is, a man doesn't need to read if he's got the guts to fight. As they say "Only the countrymen keep their money." We spend our money as soon as we make it. Who needs calculations?

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jimg2000
Aug 11, 2016

Peasants grow rice. Merchants sell things. Just as that drunk said, samurai alone make nothing,
and sell nothing. The samurai were meant to live, giving and taking life at war. Time has passed and war is over. But the samurai remain. I'd say that's the root of their troubles
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What do "Drifting log mokki" and "Udonge flower" mean?
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How can one god answer so many prayers?
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-A mouki is... The characters are "blind" and "turtle." A turtle, worn out with swimming, finally rests refuge on a floating log. The "udonge flower" blooms once every 3 thousand years. Because the rare "udonge" flower resemble a spider web, "udonge" has slowly come to mean the spider's web as well...
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But that chief retainer... He's hopeless. He and his son are both sex maniacs. The father chases female ass, the son chases male ass.
-Old man Kira's retired now... At this rate, he'll die of old age before we can kill him.

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jimg2000
Aug 11, 2016

You've fallen in love with that beautiful widow. Quite the stud, you widow-killer!
-"Widow..."
(saw the child in the room) Oh, you had your baby!
-Uncle?
Soza. His eyes are just like yours.
-Cut it out, you're wrong.
What? He's not your child?
-Uncle! Think about it. I only left home 3 years ago. This boy is at least 8 years old.
Is that so? What's your name?
---Shinnosuke.
Your age?
---Eight.
Children these days grow up so fast...
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I worry because he's always been a little immature, but how's "it" going? ...
-What "it?"
I mean... with his pen.
-Oh... he's very skillful.
Excellent.
-Onobu across the street says she' really improved because of him.
That's amazing.
-My boy's getting better at it every day.
What? Your boy! Isn't he on the young side? I was at least 12...

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jimg2000
Aug 11, 2016

The sword is not merely intended to inflict wounds and claim livesl When swords clash, life encounters life, death encounters death, in a tempestuous conflict, giving birth to a genuine dialogue. That is the samurai's joy and sorrow. That is the only path of the samurai. In these peaceful times which know no war, the samurai must reveal this beauty to the peasantry...
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Making New Year's cakes and cleaning wells are work for a samurai's servant. Never heard of a samurai pulling a rope.
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Don't you have anyone special?
-If I did, would it fill my stomach?
It wouldn't fill your stomach, but if you had someone special, maybe you'd be a little less reckless.
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Listen... Your father was a prude, with no enjoyment of life's subtle pleasures, but now that he's gone,
he's left a nice setup for you. The gods will punish you if you waste her. Revenge isn't the only way
to demonstrate your devotion.

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jimg2000
Aug 11, 2016

Daddy tells me to run from fights. But I hate running, so I had a different idea.
-People who are truly strong, don't fight without a reason.
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He's got no children. So he's got to live as long as he can.
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My, my, the landlord making the rounds himself in this rain.
-My tenants are more likely to stay home in this weather. Easier to collect.
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With so many of us, how come we can't figure out how many men guard their mansion! There has to be a way to figure it out. Kichiemonm don't you have an idea?
-The volume of crap in the outhouse should give us a good idea.
Crap? ... Spoken like a true ex-peasant.
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You sure married well. A landlord's wife is a long way up from a humble village.
-It wasn't my choice.
You didn't choose the brothels, either?
-No woman chooses the brothels.

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jimg2000
Aug 11, 2016

... but in fact I'm a samurai. I say samurai, but I'm just a foot soldier, a former peasant.
-I see
So all I think about is wanting to die a samurai's death. Then I'll finally be a real samurai. That way, my son can truly live as a samurai's son. I can't leave him any land or money... So it's the least I can do.
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A samurai holds Justice dearer than life itself. Compared of self and beauty, he defends justice and defending...
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who taught you how to play Go?
-After I began carrying swords, however badly. Everyone told me it would make me more like a samurai.
I learned by watching.
My father taught me when I was a child. I'd forgotten that... I learned more from my father than fencing...
-You're very lucky
I'm grateful. Truly grateful.

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jimg2000
Aug 11, 2016

"Tall tales make flowers bloom but bear no fruit"
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"Cherry blossoms are blessed only when they have all fallen." When it's time for a samurai to die, one hopes to fall gracefully, like these cherry blossoms.
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But you see... If all your father left us... was hatred, how would he feel? It might make him feel sad. So, now, let's take what he left behind and gradually make it into something better.
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No, you're all wrong. Each of us has our own method of hating. Soza san is...making that hatred... It's larger than... You see... That's it! Soza san has turned "human waste" into rice cakes. Taken the waste inside him and made it rice cakes...
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"All to avenge this grudge, my son and I, rain drenched, windswept, by the trials and tribulations of such times..." "Meeting you like a mokki reaching driftwood. the flowering of the udonge..." "Now fight, and fight fair." "I cut my enemy down in warrior's vengeance, not petty motives. Now you deserve revenge"

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jimg2000
Aug 11, 2016

As they say, "Cherry blossoms are blessed only when they have all fallen." But... Just as Mago san said, cherry blossoms only fall to return again next spring In even greater beauty.
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"Thoughts once conveyed, in parting, seem yet unspoken" He thought he had told her everything he had to say, at this final parting, he fears much remains unsaid.
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"If you commanded me to leave my mother, it would be like abandoning a part of myself..." Says his mother's more important than revenge.

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Aug 10, 2016

A Disneyish film about a young Samurai who became an integral part of the community in a Edo slum amidst a wide variety of inhabitants from widows to ronin (the 47 Ronin, hiding and planning before their revenge attack on Kira Yoshinaka's mansion,) and ultimately found new meaning in life.

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