[ Directed by ]
[ Produced by ]
[ Cast ]
* KITAMURA Kazuki HANME Kutaro
* RENBUTSU Misako Oume
* TERAWAKI Yasufumi SHIMAZAKI Shinemon
[ Staff ]
* Original Story: NAGAMORI Yuji
* Screenplay: NAGAMORI Yuji
* Screenplay: YAMAGUCHI Yoshitaka
* Screenplay: JOJO Hideo
* Cinematography: KOMATSUBARA Shigeru
[ Production Company ]
”Nekozamurai” Film Partners
[ Distributor (Japan) ]
Release Date : March, 1st, 2014
Running Time : 100 min
Genre : Action/Adventure , Feature
Color : Color
Screening Format : HDCAM,Blu-ray
Screening Format with Subtitles
[ Story ]
Tenth installation in the animal drama series known for
. Humorous depiction of a masterless samurai at the end of the Edo Period whose heart is melted by an adorable white cat. The TV drama version was broadcast first in 2013, and the film keeps director Yamaguchi Yoshitaka and lead actor Kitamura Kazuki from the TV production.
Expert swordsman Madarame Kyutaro (Kitamura) was once a feared killer, but now lives in poverty. One day, he receives his first assassination request in quite a while. However, the target for the assassination turns out to be a cat said to have turned its master into a spineless jellyfish…
[ Official Site ]
[ Film Festivals, Awards ]
2014 Japan Cuts
2014 Hawaii International Film Festival, Spotlight on Japan
Two families are fighting in an area of Edo. The Aikawa family has Tamanojo as a beloved animal, a magnificent white cat. The Yonezawa family had a dog. Decades before the cat of a family had scratched the dog of the other. One day, in a gambling hall, appears Kyutaro, a famous sword master of the fief of Kaga (now more or less the prefecture of Ishikawa) who for the shame of not being able to witness (ie cut off his head) his lord when he had proceeded to ritual suicide. He had abandoned his arms and family and had gone to Edo. Kyutaro accepts but at the right moment he does not find the courage to kill the cat and takes it with him.
Thus began a funny coexistence between the gruff man of arms and the capricious gata. Meanwhile, following a scuffle that engages the dog’s keeper, the dog of the Yonezawa family also disappears. Kyutaro is thus more and more entangled in spite of himself in a whirlwind increasing of hatreds and fury that will lead to the final encounter-clash in which the two sides will have to exchange their respective animals in the meantime found.
Japanese cinema abounds in demented movies like many other cinemas, but unlike these, has the prerogative to face with commitment and seriousness the most outlandish themes without even breaking down. This is the case of this film taken from a television drama of 2013 that, just to find a compliment, it could be said in a bizarre manner reworks the inspiration of Yōjinbō.
The initial part, accompanied by the aloud thoughts of the samurai who is said to have its various interlocutors are idiots and some nice expression of the cat, is quite tasty. The good game, however, lasts a little and after a certain stagnation, the events follow each other in total freedom. Despite the absurdity of the story, the centrality of the family is highlighted in strong colors but in the most rhetorical meaning. The samurai protects the cat because it is his only family and when everything is over, he will find the courage to return home and get together with his wife and daughter.
Starting with the protagonist, many actors are those of the television version, as well as director Yamaguchi Yoshitaka – assistant director of Miike Takashi for Kamisama no pazuru (God’s Puzzle, 2008), Yatterman (2009) and Zebraman 2 (2010) – who apparently it does not seem to have strained much in the transition from small to big screen. [Katsuyuki Nakanishi]