A SAMURAI MOVIE RHAPSODY:
FILMING THE ULTIMATE SWORDFIGHT
(Surona Bushi ni Shitekure: Kyoto Satsueijo Rapusodi)
2019 – Color - 119 min. – DIGITAL ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (16:9)
Starring: UCHINO Seiyo
FUKUMOTO Seizo, ISHIBASHI Renji
EMOTO Tasuku, MIZUNO Miki
FUKAMI Motoki, OTAKA Hiro
MINAMIDE Ryoka, NAKAMURA Shido II
And SATOMI Kotaro as Himself
Written & Directed by: MINAMOTO Takashi
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This is a “Movie in a Movie” like no other ever before. Kyoei, a historical film studio in Kyoto (Modeled on Toei), is asked by NHK to make a new samurai era program using the most advanced technology. While the elderly filmmakers at Kyoei are struggling with the high-tech equipment, their skills at creating choreographed sword battles are undiminished. The NHK project will dramatize the Ikedaya incident, which was a raid launched by the Shinsengumi against Imperial loyalists gathered at an inn called Ikedaya in Kyoto during the twilight years of the Tokugawa shogunate. A series of problems occur and the climax they reach after overcoming difficulties is an unprecedented attempt at a 360° one-cut scene involving the world’s most advanced high-speed camera and wire action for a scene where Kondo Isami will fall down the stairs at Ikedaya. Can they succeed in filming the single greatest swordfight scene in samurai movie history?!?