SAMURAI SHIFTERS Press Notes and Photos From Shochiku
Source: Shochiku Co., Ltd.
Official Site: hikkoshi-movie.jp (Japan)
A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE
Shochiku has provided information and large, high-res photos from SAMURAI SHIFTERS (引っ越し大名！, Hikkoshi Daimyō!), the new film from the creator and producers of the SAMURAI HUSTLE series. THE FLOATING CASTLE director Isshin Inudo adapts the novel Hikkoshi Daimyo by Akihiro Dobashi, which is based on an anecdote about the true-life feudal lord, Naonori Matsudairai.
In the Edo period, it cost an absolute fortune for a lord to transfer from one fief to another, and if the shogunate reduced their stipend as well, numerous samurai had to be released from service and rendered masterless, making it a cruel fate for all involved.
One day, Naonori Matsudaira, the lord of Himeji fiefdom, is ordered to relocate to Oita by the shogunate. The strain of these repeated relocations takes its toll on Matsudaira, and after he passes away, his mantle is inherited by the ineffectual, paralyzingly shy, and generally wet-behind-the-ears librarian Shunnosuke Katagiri (Gen Hoshino). To make matters worse, he has picked up a few derisive nicknames of his own, such as “snail” and “shut-in samurai.”
Shunnosuke is appointed to administrate the move for his knowledgeable image as an avid book reader. Forced to take on a task that no one else wants, and he makes a desperate attempt to survive his seemingly hopeless predicament with no manpower, no money, and no experience…
Japanese Theatrical Release: August 30, 2019 (Nationwide Roadshow)
Running Time: 120 Minutes
Shunnosuke Katagiri: Gen Hoshino
Genemon Takamura: Issey Takahashi
Oran: Mitsuki Takahata
Naonori Matsudaira: Mitsuhiro Oikawa
Ichirota Yamasato: Yukiyoshi Ozawa
Kenmotsu Nakanishi: Gaku Hamada
Sanemon Motomura: Yutaka Matsushige
Shuzo Fujiwara: Masahiko Nishimura
Director: Isshin Inudo
Original Story: Hikkoshi Daimyo by Akihiro Dobashi
Screenplay: Akihiro Dobashi
Cinematography: Shoji Ehara
Editor: Soichi Ueni
Music: Koji Ueno
Production Company: “Samurai Shifters” Film Partners
Distributor (Japan): Shochiku
About Shochiku Co., Ltd.
Shochiku traces its origins to 1895 when Takejiro Otani presented his first stage play. They also produced the first color motion picture in Japan, and have expanded into TV dramas, video contents, Kabuki presentation, theater operations, and real estate.
The company has become a symbol of enduring tradition as the exclusive promoter of the Kabuki theater in Japan as well as widely known as the creator of the world’s longest-running feature film series, TORA-SAN.
The company is making all possible efforts to develop business in various fields, including multimedia and co-productions, across generation, national, and cultural borders.