Film

The Samurai That Night
FILM

The Samurai That Night

その夜の侍
(Sono Yoru no Samurai)

Sunday, July 21, 2013

© 2012 The Samurai that Night Production Committee

U.S. Premiere

The samurai of this film may not have a sword or armor, but his connection with death is no less deep. Introverted, bespectacled iron foundry manager Nakamura (Masato Sakai) has been living his life as though he were already dead, since his wife was killed on her way home by a hit-and-run driver five years ago. He deals with her death by obsessively replaying the last message she left on his answering machine, in which she scolded him for eating too much custard. Fresh out of jail, the perpetrator, a brutal young man named Kijima (Takayuki Yamada, the lead of Milocrorze and one of Takashi Miike's 13 Assassins), returns to his habits of behaving badly until anonymous letters arrive, promising "to kill him and then myself" on the anniversary of the crime. Little doubt is left as to the writer, but could the bereft, half-shattered ironworks man truly be capable of fulfilling such vengeance?

Japan. 2012. 119 min. HD CAM, in Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Masaaki Akahori. With Masato Sakai, Takayuki Yamada, Hirofumi Arai, Gou Ayano, Maki Sakai, Tomorowo Taguchi, Mitsuki Tanimura, Tsutomu Takahashi, Kinuwo Yamada, Sakura Ando.

Part of JAPAN CUTS 2013

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