GenreComedy, Drama ScreenplayHirokazu Koreeda WriterHirokazu Koreeda LanguageJapanese
Release dateJune 3, 2006 CastJun'ichi Okada (Aoki Sōzaemon), Rie Miyazawa (Osae), Arata Furuta (Sadashiro), Jun Kunimura (Isekan), Katsuo Nakamura (Shigehachi), Tadanobu Asano (Jubei Kanazawa) Similar moviesMad Max: Fury Road, John Wick, Furious 7, Taken 3, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The Dark Knight
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Hana - the Tale of a Reluctant Samurai, known in Japan as Hana yori mo Naho(花よりもなほ), is a 2006 Japanese jidaigeki by director Hirokazu Koreeda. The film was released in the United States by Funimation who also gave it an English-language dub.
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The story takes place over one year during Japan's Genroku era, beginning at the start of 1702.
A young and inexperienced samurai, Aoki Sozaemon, has come from Matsumoto to Edo. Living in a slum, he waits to locate and take revenge against his father's killer, to restore honor to his clan's name. However, his impoverished, revenge-driven life takes a negative toll on him, as does his discovery that his intended victim, another low-status samurai, has a wife and young children. Eventually, Soza must decide: to kill, or not kill?
Making up the backdrop of the film are the many other residents of the slum, including children, the landlord, a group putting on an amateur play, as well as a young widow, Osae, with whom Soza becomes romantically involved.
Unbeknownst to everyone, also living in the slum are a small group of samurai, members of The 47 Ronin, hiding and planning before their revenge attack on Kira Yoshinaka's mansion. This occurs one year later at the climax of the film.
Junichi Okada (Robert McCollum, English dub) - Sōzaemon "Sōza" Aoki
Rie Miyazawa (Carrie Savage, English dub) - Osae
Tadanobu Asano (Christopher Bevins, English dub) - Jubei Kanazawa
Arata Furuta (Mark Stoddard, English dub) - Sadashiro
Terajima Susumu (J. Michael Tatum, English dub) - Kichiemon Terasaka
Teruyuki Kagawa (Christopher Sabat, English dub) - Jirozaemon Hirano
Jun Kunimura (Kent Williams, English dub) - Isekan
Seiji Chihara (Christopher Bevins, English dub) - Tomekichi