Synopsis: In a poor district of Edo lives a young samurai named Soza. He has been sent by his clan to avenge the death of his father. He isn't an accomplished swordsman however, and he prefers sharing the life of the residents, teaching the kids how to write etc. When he finally finds the man he is looking for, he will have to decide whether he follows the way of the samurai or chooses peace and reconciliation.
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Hirokazu Koreeda
  1 win & 2 nominations.
127 min


In the year 1701, in a royal

hallway of Edo castle,

Lord Akou assaulted Kira,

a nobleman, with his sword!

Lord Akou was made to commit hara-kiri

as his vassals scattered as ronin,

disguised as merchants and doctors...

Our story begins one year later

in a poor neighborhood in Edo

By this winter morning,

swordfighting has blown

out of fashion with the wind

For Rent

Wake up!

Morning time... Wake up!

Quick, wash your face and

get down to the fish market

Let me sleep a little longer, Onobu...

You took the day off yesterday

The sun's already up!

Hurry up!

I'll leave you behind

All this noise

every damned morning

Please let me escape this dump

Is master Soza up and about?

What's your business with him?

I'm sure you're up to no good

Do you have to put it like that?

He needs my advice, that's all

Hurry, Pa, or they'll close

the fish market

I'm taking the day off

You took the day off yesterday

What are you still doing in bed?

Good morning, Osae san

Already off?

The weather's so fine, I'll deliver

the sewing I've finished

Good for you

Off you go

Did you hear that?!

Who cares


What the hell

Can't be helped

in such close quarters...

Watch yourself

How's things?

You know they're never good


At this rate,

I'll never get Onobu to marry me

Fool, you know Onobu's

going to marry me

There you go again



I envy you

If your revenge plan goes well,

you'll be a rich and respected man

You can leave this seedy life behind

Lucky your father left you

a score to settle

My father died peacefully

that's no use at all

Hirano san, where to, today?

To the castle

Oh, to see your friend, the retainer?

Enough of that ingrate

I've got a relative who's

assigned to the study in Edo castle

I am off to petition him

for an official post

A good position

in contact with the Shogun

I once did this man a favor...

Off already?

I must be on my way

Hey, ronin

If you want the castle, it's this-a-way

Excuse me

You heard? He knows

one of the government retainers

And has a relative in the castle study

Oh, no, the tale keeps

getting taller and taller

I found him, your enemy

Not, again...

This time, I swear it's him

The water's perfect

I know another guy...

"Height 175cm,

fair skin with regular teeth



"His fox-like face bears a red mark

from his right eye down his cheek"

Ah, the marked cheek is on his face,

not his backside...





Much older looking

since I last saw him...

Don't lose heart, Soza

Finding a man in Edo's sprawl

is like winning the lottery

It could take 10 years, no, 20...

Hey, sis, another sake


But he's the right height, right?

I'll go over it once more

so listen well

Our sh*t fertilizes

the rice paddies and fields

That's why the farmer pays money

to buy it from the rich landlord,

who owns this tenement

And that money pays for New Year's

rice cakes for all of us

You mean, rice cakes

come from sh*t?

Well, not quite,

but you're not far off, either

Useless, it's damp!

That's a fine sum

Don't be stingy with those rice cakes

Save that line for when

you've paid your rent

And I don't recall letting a room

to that prancing idiot beside you

I'll work hard for lots of

rice cakes next year

Yeah, let's do that

Despite the passage of time you've

yet to avenge your father

Our entire family struggles

to sustain itself

My frugal housekeeping permits me

to forward this sum,

but alas, there is no more...

The samurai goes to the

bath house daily,

thanks to money made off

peasants' backs...

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