"The world's first rock 'n' roll samurai movie" is director Hiroyuki
Nakano's electrifying blend of genres and attitudes, conjuring a
hip cinematic feast for the senses. Set in 17th century Japan, the
story follows the hot-headed Heishiro lnukai and his attempts to
reclaim his clan's sacred sword, stolen by Kazamatsuri (Tomoyasu
Hotei). the very man hired to protect their treasures. When their
first encounter leaves Heishiro wounded and one of his men
dead, he goes to the aid of a pacifist samurai, who not only holds
the key to defeating Kazamatsuri, but also has a distractingly
Nakano creates a uniquely eccentric world of Shoguns, pop
music, and gambling femmes fatales, all photographed in the
most voluptuous black and white cinematography and studded
with bursts of color. Naming his characters after famous
Japanese directors like Akira Kurosawa, Kenji Mizoguchi and Seijin
Suzuki, the director cpnsciously pays homage to his artistic
sources while simultaneously sending them up. The result is a
breathlessly, and hilariously, original vision.
SAMURAIF ICTOI N is HiroyukiN akano's feature film debut.
Pony Canyon, Inc.