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The Floating Castle (2012)

Nobô no shiro (original title)
In the year 1590, powerful daimyo Toyotomi Hideyoshi nears his plan to unify all of Japan, but he comes across a floating fortress known as Oshi Castle. Narita Nagachika must use his army to defend the castle.

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Ryô Wada (based on the novel by), Ryô Wada (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Takehiro Hira ... Masaie natsuka
Takayuki Yamada
Mana Ashida ... Chidori
Machiko Ono Machiko Ono ... Chiyo
Nana Eikura ... Kaihime
Kôichi Satô
Masachika Ichimura ... Hideyoshi toyotomi
Honami Suzuki Honami Suzuki
Hiroki Narimiya Hiroki Narimiya ... Yukie Sakamaki
Masahiko Nishimura
Sei Hiraizumi Sei Hiraizumi
Mansai Nomura ... Nagachika narita
Isao Natsuyagi
Sôkô Wada
Takeo Nakahara
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Storyline

In the year 1590, powerful daimyo Toyotomi Hideyoshi nears his plan to unify all of Japan, but he comes across a floating fortress known as Oshi Castle. Narita Nagachika must use his army to defend the castle.

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | History

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

2 November 2012 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

The Floating Castle See more »

Filming Locations:

Saitama, Japan

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$29,537,778
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Kaihime became an iconic figure in Edo Japan. Tales were told of her fighting in the siege which may have been fictional. At the movie it is said nothing is known about her old age but one legend/theory says she was at the siege of Osaka and escaped to a nunnery in Kamakura. See more »

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Interesting, fun, unfortunate
4 November 2012 | by yawgmoth_742See all my reviews

Honestly, I really enjoyed this film. I liked the characters, it was VERY funny at times, it told a fascinating story. Nobou is about as fun and well-developed a character as one would tend to find in this kind of movie. At the same time, the battle scenes were bloody and fairly realistic, and exhilarating to watch.

But while all of that is good, it's not what stuck with me after the movie.

I live in Iwate, one of the three prefectures that were badly hit by the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami on 11 March, 2011.

Given that I imagine most theatres in Japan that are showing this film probably have the same warning stamped on the posters as the one I went to had, I don't think it qualifies as a spoiler to point out that the reason this film's release was delayed over a year is that there is one particular scene in which a village gets flooded in a rather graphic manner that for me (and probably for most Japanese audiences) was reminiscent of the tragedy that struck these shores last March. (Also, a similar attack happens in the first 5 minutes of the film, with Mitsunari saying, effectively, "I'm gonna do that too someday!". It's not a spoiler.)

The film is basically a comedy throughout, and when I watched it the theatre was packed and many other audience members were audibly laughing. Then when that scene hit, the theatre went silent. I can't help but imagine the film probably originally had more jokes punctuating that sequence, but they were cut in the aftermath of the tsunami because of obvious inappropriateness.

Still, even in light of how depressed the film made me with that one scene, I highly recommend that anyone who has the opportunity see this film. It is still highly entertaining. :-)


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