A Boy and His Samurai (Chonmage purin) | Review - Fantastic Fest 2011

Director: Yoshihiro Nakamura Writers: Yoshihiro Nakamura, Gen Araki (novel) Starring: Shiori Kutsuna, Ryô Nishikido, Hitomi Satô, Keisuke Horibe, Jun Inoue, Rie Tomosaka, Yûji Nakamura, Hiroki Konno Yasubei (Ryo Nishikikido) is a 25-year old samurai who finds himself transported from 19th century Edo to modern day Tokyo. The first people Yasubei meets are a single mom, Hiroko (Rie Tomosaka), and her 6-year old son, Tomoya (Fuku Suzuki). Needless to say, everyone is confused, but no one is more so than Yasubei. Hiroko and Tomoya are also a little freaked out by Yasubei's sword and aggression, but they still decide to allow him to move into their household. Yasubei opts to become a single mother's fantasy -- a homemaker who allows Hiroko to excel at her corporate job -- while simultaneously becoming a young boy's ideal father. (What 6-year old Japanese boy does not dream of having a samurai as a father?
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