ABACUS & SWORD (Bushi no Kakeibo)
2010 – Color – 128 min. Digital Anamorphic Widescreen (16:9)
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Starring: SAKAI Masato, NAKAMA Yukie, KUSABUE Mitsuko,
NISHIMURA Masahiko, MATSUZAKA Keiko, NAKAMURA Masatoshi
Original Story by ISODA Michifumi - Screenplay by KASHIWADA Michio
Directed by MORITA Yoshimitsu
Set during the Meiji Restoration period of Edo era Japan, Naoyuki belongs to the 8th generation of the Inoyama family, a family known for finance and accounting. He is also a gifted mathe-matician and uses the abacus with extreme skills. Naoyuki works under the declining Kaga clan. Because of this, Naoyuki and his wife Koma suffer hardships as their stature and wealth dissipates. The film is based on a real diary describing the life of a 3rd-generation samurai household during the late Edo period, in the midst of the Meiji Restoration which marked the end of the Tokugawa Shogunate. This movie was nominated for 2 Japanese Academy Awards (2010).