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Ierey-san. Ispoved samuraya (2015)

Not Rated | | Action, Drama | 26 November 2015 (Russia)
An Orthodox priest, Father Nikolay, the brother of a Yakuza boss, is drawn into in a mob war in Japan. He escapes to the small Russian village of Glubokoe, where he finds that war has found him again.


Egor Baranov


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa ... Otets Nikolay (as Keri-Khiroyuki Tagava)
Vadim Medvedev Vadim Medvedev ... Otets Nikolay (voice)
Pyotr Fyodorov ... Eryomin
Ivan Okhlobystin ... Nelyubin
Igor Jijikine ... Yakhontov (as Igor Zhizhikin)
Pyotr Mamonov ... Shatun
Darya Ekamasova ... Eryomina
Lyubov Tolkalina Lyubov Tolkalina ... Yakhontova
Lyudmila Chursina ... Borodina
Nadezhda Markina ... Makarova
Alina Babak Alina Babak ... Katya
Stepan Samoylenko Stepan Samoylenko ... Makarka
Aziz Rametov Aziz Rametov ... Chingiz
Dmitriy Vysotskiy Dmitriy Vysotskiy ... Tikhomirov
Andrey Tashkov Andrey Tashkov ... Drozdov


An Orthodox priest, Father Nikolay, the brother of a Yakuza boss, is drawn into in a mob war in Japan. He escapes to the small Russian village of Glubokoe, where he finds that war has found him again.

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Voin opredelyaetsya ne siloy, a dukhom (A warrior is not defined by his strength, but by his spirit)


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Russian | Japanese

Release Date:

26 November 2015 (Russia) See more »

Also Known As:

Jerej-san: Ispovest samuraja See more »


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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Ivan Okhlobystin, who wrote and produced the film, and played one of the major villains, is a Russian Orthodox priest. See more »

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Almost excellent
4 February 2016 | by AndreiPavlovSee all my reviews

The movie is done to the point. It has quite a few impressive details and connotations, which probably will go unnoticed to the regular viewer at first sight. Like a flash of lightning behind Nelyubin. Or Nikolay's refusal to fight off the two policemen. Or the hunter's inability to shoot the bear. Or the glance in the water. Or the ending scene fading into white. It can be quite a considerable list of such happenings. No surprise, though, while a real Orthodox priest takes part in this one.

A very good example of Russian cinema. Still, one complaint from my side: the music (especially at the very end) should have been different. But this is my taste - would prefer mild choir music in this instance or even just the sounds of nature (birds singing for example). Grebenshchikov's score was great in the famous and groovy "Black Rose...", but not here. Here it sounds cheap, sorry.

Thank you for attention. A 9 out of 10.

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