Lion Standing Against The Wind (Kaze ni tatsu raion,風に立つライオン)

The Lady Shogun and Her Men (Oooku,大奥)

The Lady Shogun and Her Men (Oooku,大奥)
[ Directed by ]
KANEKO Fuminori
[ Produced by ]
• ARAKI Miyako
[ Cast ]
• NINOMIYA Kazunari MIZUNO Yunoshin
• HORIKITA Maki Nobu
[ Staff ]
• Original Story: YOSHINAGA Fumi
• Screenplay: TAKAHASHI Natsuko
• Music: MURAMATSU Takatsugu
• Cinematography: KIKUMURA Tokusho
• Editor: MATSUO Shigeki
[ Production Company ]
The Lady Shogun and Her Men Film Partners
[ Distributor (Japan) ]
SHOCHIKU, Asmik Ace Entertainment

Release Date: October 1, 2010
Running Time: 116 min
Genre: Drama, Feature
Color: Color
Screening Format: 35mm
Screen Size: American Vista (1:1.85)
Sound Processing: Dolby SRD
Subtitle: English

At the beginning of ‘700 a mysterious epidemic destroys much of the male population of Japan. The structure and social roles are reversed: the women become the dominant members of society and the government and people, remained in the proportion of 1 to 4 than women, are sought after for their ability to bear children. In Edo, Mizuno (Kazunari Ninomiya), a young samurai belonging to a samurai family in financial difficulty, would like to marry childhood friend Onobu (Horikita Maki), but can not for the difference in status. To try to revive the fortunes of the family, she decides to enter nell’oooku, that the shogun’s harem, where hundreds of nice guys try to capture the attention and the graces of the female shogun. It ‘a difficult environment, full of conflicts, jealousies and ambitions. Things change suddenly when he was appointed shogun Tokugawa Yoshimune (Ko Shibasaki), a different woman from earlier, which, far from affectation of the court, decides to implement an austerity program for the advancement of the country ….
The television director Fuminori Kaneko drew this film from a very famous series of manga by Fumi Yoshinaga. Some critics and many fans of the manga have lamented the loss of the various cues iconoclasts femminsta dell’immaginifico original manga flavor. I have not read the manga but I have a hard time believing in the validity of these criticisms. The film, in fact, rests on the failure to take itself too seriously and not to show any of the fancy features and gaiety that the story could have (and that the manga had apparently). With a seemingly dramatic cut (so to speak) results in a flat exposure of career anxieties and troubles of young people cohabiting homosexuals aspirants. Without passion, without depth, it is neither realistic nor disrespectful. The structure appears to be unbalanced: the long initial part devoted to the illustration of the harem life moves the entry stage of the female lead in the second half of the film, and even then the interaction between the two protagonists is after all limited, without giving rise to major developments, as well as predictable Qualli. The conclusion, then, it seems hasty.
While recording the now obvious bad habit of interpreting the leading roles in young stars of the song and the show (in this case the face wet with Ninomiya Kazunari puppy, member of music group Arashi), the other goes reported growth as actress Ko Shibasaki, offering a stage presence more and more addictive. Horikita Maki, on the other hand, in period costume is less tasty than in contemporary roles. Tamaki Hiroshi Sasaki Kuranosuke and highly valued of the two mellifluous and intrigranti harem leaders.
[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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