The Haunted Samurai – 憑神

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More Buki ! And by the way, just to warn you : there probably will be even more Buki on this blog in the future. Which I can’t imagine anyone complaining about tbh (after all, there’s no such thing as ‘too much Buki’) but I’m just giving you a heads up: I have 2-3 years to watch everything he’s done, and write on it, I made a promise. It’s not gonna come quickly, I’m taking my time, but it’s still coming, so although I’m sure I don’t have to tell you: enjoy the Buki 🙂

And today, we’re discussing The Haunted Samurai, or Tsukigami 憑神, directed and written by Furuhata Yasuo and based on a novel by Asada Jiro. It came out in 2007, and it stars, well, Tsumabuki Satoshi, but also Nishida Toshiyuki, Akai Hidekazu and Morisako Ei. Our lead, Bessho Hikoshiro, is a samurai that’s really down on his luck. Well, to be fair, times are tough for everyone, but he lost his job, got divorced, and although he’s clever, hardworking and honorable, he doesn’t get much recognition, being the second son of the family. Desperate, he gets quite drunk and goes to pray to the deities that made his friend successful, but he gets the wrong altar, and soon gets the visit of three gods he really (and understandably) didn’t want to meet: Poverty, Disease, and Death.

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Nazo no tenkousei 謎の転校生

Nazo no tenkousei Nazo no tenkousei 謎の転校生 (international title: The Dimension Travellers, litteral title: Mysterious Transfer Student) is a 1998 movie, directed by Konaka Kazuya and written by Murai Sadauki, adapting a novel by Mayumura Taku. It’s also Tsumabuki Satoshi’s first movie, which is exactly why I watched it. I actually wanted to watch his first drama (Subarashii Hibi) but couldn’t find it, so his first movie (and first thing ever, apparently) would have to do. In it, he (poorly) plays Iwata Koichi, a high-school student who’s friends with (and has an obvious-to-anyone-but-her crush on) his classmate, Kagawa Midori (Niyama Chiharu). Midori is the real focus of the story here. She’s a dissatisfied young girl that grows more and more tired of the futility, hypocrisy and vacuity of her high-school life, and relationships. Then, a mysterious girl, Mayumi (Sato Yasue) gets transferred in her class and also moves in her building, a few floors below. Mayumi is a weird girl, and things only get weirder when she tells Midori she’s actually from another world, and traveled to this one with her mother, after her own faced destruction. Continue reading “Nazo no tenkousei 謎の転校生”