Release date4 October 2014 (2014-10-04) Based onHigurashi no Ki
by Rin Hamuro WriterRin Hamuro (based on the novel by), Motomu Furuta (screenplay), Takashi Koizumi (screenplay) AwardsJapan Academy Prize for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role CastKôji Yakusho (Toda), Jun'ichi Okada (Shozaburo), Maki Horikita (Kaoru), Mieko Harada (Orie), Haruto Yoshida (Ikutaro) Similar moviesJunichi Okada appears in A Samurai Chronicle and The Eternal Zero
A Samurai Chronicle(蜩ノ記,Higurashi no Ki) is a 2014 Japanese film directed by Takashi Koizumi.
A retired samurai must redeem himself for a crime that he committed earlier in his life. A squire is sent by the prime minister of Japan to keep watch over him.
Teruyo Nogami, who was a longtime assistant of Akira Kurosawa, worked as a special adviser on the film, and jointed the director and star for a question and answer session about the film.
The film was based on an award winning novel by Rin Hamuro.
Koizumi claimed that he did not want to send any political messages with the film and instead intended to portray the real life events as accurately as possible.
The film debuted at number two in the Japanese box office and grossed a total of $8,804,424 in Japan.
The Japanese Times awarded the film a score of five out of ten, saying that the film failed to invoke the film of Akira Kurosawa that it was influenced by. [Though Koizumi and his veteran staff try to channel that sensibility, they are not Kurosawa, and though “A Samurai Chronicle” echoes the master’s work, it lacks his vivifying presence.