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After the Flowers (2010)

Hana no ato (original title)
Ito is a young woman, but is not just a pretty face. She wields a sword better than a samurai; better than any man. That is until one day she finally finds someone who is her match on the ... See full summary »

Director:

Kenji Nakanishi

Writers:

Shûhei Fujisawa (short story), Yasuo Hasegawa (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Keiko Kitagawa ... Itô
Masahiro Kômoto Masahiro Kômoto
Shuntarô Miyao Shuntarô Miyao
Akiko Aichiku Akiko Aichiku
Kiyomi Tanikawa Kiyomi Tanikawa
Megumi Satô Megumi Satô
Gotaro Tsunashima Gotaro Tsunashima
Osamu Shigematsu Osamu Shigematsu
Masami Horiuchi Masami Horiuchi
Yasunari Takeshima
Shirô Namiki Shirô Namiki
Tarô Ohmiya
Kôji Matsuo Kôji Matsuo
Hidekazu Ichinose Hidekazu Ichinose
Wakako I Ikeda Wakako I Ikeda
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Ito is a young woman, but is not just a pretty face. She wields a sword better than a samurai; better than any man. That is until one day she finally finds someone who is her match on the sword. She is smitten, but is not available any longer. She can, however, become involved in investigating an ensuing crime. Her talent will come in handy. Written by aghaemi

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Action | Drama

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

13 March 2010 (Japan) See more »

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After the Flowers See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Hana no ato
Performed by Yo Hitoto
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Another Excellent Samurai Saga by Shuhei Fujisawa
24 August 2011 | by ebiros2See all my reviews

Hana no Ato takes on the form of a story told by Ito in her advanced age to her grand children about episode she had when she was a young woman.

Ito (Keiko Kitagawa) is a young girl who is betrothed to Saisuke ( Masahiro Komoto). She's also a master swordsman who no one could beat. Magoshiro (Shuntaro Miyao) is head swordsman at a Haga kendo school. Just the other day, Ito challenged the students at Haga kendo school and defeated everyone there. Magoshiro was not present at the time, but he meets Ito at a cherry blossom festival in the castle. Upon meeting her, he requests to have a match with her. Ito eagerly accepts his request. Few days later Magoshiro comes to Ito's house for the match. They fight at the inner yard. Magoshiro bests Ito, and Ito is smitten by Magoshito's attitude of not treating her as a mere girl. From there Ito falls in love, but Ito is already engaged to Saisuke. Also Magoshiro is of low stature within the clan. Ito is from an upper class family, and they don't match. Few month later Magoshiro is forced to commit seppuku due to treachery of Kageiyu Fujii (Kamejiro Ichikawa). Ito learns about the truth behind Magoshiro's death from Saisuke, and decides to avenge his death by challenging Kageiyu to a duel.

The story is based on a short novel by Shuhei Fujisawa. Fujisawa has few other excellent samurai sagas such as Hisshiken Torisashi, Bushi no Ichibun, and Kakushiken Oni no Tsume all of which became excellent samurai movies. His signature style is mixture of human drama with unusual skills each of the main character possesses. The story in this movie is no exception.

Hana no ato is an excellent drama and is recommended for viewing along with other movies based on Fujisawa's novels.


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