The Great Passage (Fune wo amu, 舟を編む)

Bushido sixteen (武士道シックスティーン)

Bushido sixteen (武士道シックスティーン)

[ Directed by ]
[ Produced by ]
* INOUE Mamoru
* HIGUCHI Shinsuke
[ Cast ]
[ Staff ]
* Original Story: HONDA Tetsuya
* Screenplay: OHNO Toshiya
* Screenplay: FURUMAYA Tomoyuki
* Music: UEDA Tadashi
* Cinematography: KIYOKU Motonobu
* Lighting: KAWAI Minoru
* Editor: OSHIGE Yuji
[ Production Company ]
“Bushido Sixteen”Film Partners
[ Distributor (Japan) ]
[ Production Studio ]
IMJ Entertainment

Release Date : April, 24th, 2010
Running Time : 109 min
Genre : Drama , Feature
Color : Color
Screening Format : HDV
Screen Size : American Vista (1:1.85)
Subtitle : English

[ Story ]
A film by Furumaya Tomoyuki, director of
NAOKO-winning runners
NAOKO, the coming-of-age film in which he presented a vivid portrayal of a boy who runs on a marathon team. Furuyama takes on another sports-themed film, this time, about two ‘kendo’ girls. With rigorous kendo training, the two teen stars give very true-to-life performances of impressionable teenagers. Kaori (Narumi Riko) is an elite kendo fencer. She hails legendary samurai Miyamoto Musashi as her master. But one day, she is defeated by an unheralded fencer named Sanae (Kitano Kie). Kaori wants to find out why she lost to the girl so she joins Sanae’s kendo club but is shocked by her happy-go-lucky personality.
[ Official Site ]

Two middle school students meet in a kendo tournament. A, Kaori (Narumi Riko), is superior in technique and competitive impetus but the other, Sanae (Kie Kitano), after risking to lose, manages to place the winning shot. The following year, they find themselves in the same high school, or rather the champion has come to seek revenge the only defeat. This far would seem the usual youth language martial arts film, perhaps complicated by some story of love. Instead, scene after scene, is configured as an intelligent story of a friendship between two girls in character and personal vicissitudes. The seemingly solid Kaori, the daughter of a master of kendo, it is dedicated exclusively to training since childhood, growing alien experiences and emotions of her peers; It is a lonely rock whose certainties crumble with the growth and the impact with the world. Sanae, however, bound by a deep affection for the dreamer and loser father, is marked by a deep insecurity in life as in kendo, but is open to friendships, the thoughtlessness, the will to live. This diversity / complementarity of the two protagonists is the engine of a cured film, delicate, with skilful alternations between what is said and typical of the everyday.
Furumaya is director confirms able to describe with sensitivity the psychology of adolescence (his the excellent Mabudachi , 2001) and, while being nell’alveo a ipercodificato strand, can not ever falling into the stereotype. It should be considered an its merit also to have been able to choose the two young actresses perhaps more suitable to the respective parties, as well as among the best ever from the point of view of recitative: the Juno and carnal Narumi Riko and frail and welcoming Kitano Kie move in their roles very naturally.

[Katsuyuki Nakanishi]

Katsuyuki Nakanishi
Born on 1984 in Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture. Graduated in Vantan Film and Movie Institute major in film director. The fourth graduate of JSC Cinematographers assistant upbringing cramming school. While he was studying in Tokyo, he was also working with Director Shinya Tsukamoto's movie at the same time. After that, he became part of the lighting department of Toei Studios Kyoto, studied under Kiyoto Ando and Takashi Sugimoto. In these movies, he worked as an assistant lighting director with Takashi Sugimoto in "Chacha - Tengai no Onna"(2007) and Kiyoto Ando in "The Fallen Angel"(2010). He work as a freelancer since 2011 and became part of these latest movies as a lighting director of Director Yang Ik-June's ”Shibata and Nagao"(2012), Director Keisuke Yoshida’s ”Himeanile”(2016), Director Kohki Yoshida’s ”ThreeLights"(2017), Director Hiroshi Ando’s ”Moon and Thunder" (2017) and Director Shinya Tsukamoto’s ”Killing” (2018).

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