A Boy and His Samurai

A Boy and His Samurai (Chonmage purin)
  • 2010
  • Japan
  • 1h 48min
  • Directed by: Yoshihiro Nakamura
  • Cast: Ryô Nishikido, Rie Tomosaka
  • Language: Japanese

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Dark Water screenwriter Yoshihiro Nakamura has previously wowed audiences with his tense thrillers but A Boy and His Samurai -­ a family film about a lost samurai, custard tarts and yakuza gangs ­- presents a radical change of pace. Yusa is struggling to balance work and raise a child by herself when a 19th-century samurai called Kajima is transported into their world and changes everything. Frustrated by Kajima's inability to cope with modern-day Tokyo, Yusa employs him as a housekeeper and it's not long before he realises that he prefers baking cakes to hacking people to pieces. Based on the popular manga, A Boy and His Samurai won the Fantastic Fest 2011 Audience Award for its charming mix of the absurd and the adorable. Part of Glasgow Film Festival 2012: Youth Film Festival.

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