Indie Trailer Sunday: Hitoshi Matsumoto's 'Scabbard Samurai' Trailer
by Alex Billington
June 12, 2011
From the crazy brilliant mind behind Big Man Japan, which is being remade, and Symbol, comes another new film titled Scabbard Samurai, which we have a trailer for thanks to SlashFilm. This time, filmmaker Hitoshi Matsumoto takes a light-hearted approach and tells a story of an old samurai (Takaaki Nomi) who deserted his clan with his ashamed daughter, but got caught. In order to be released, he has 30 days to make a young samurai Lord laugh. Unfortunately the trailer doesn't have any English subtitles yet, but it's still an easy watch, as this looks quite sweet and funny. The little girl looks like she kicks ass, too. Have fun!
Watch the official Japanese trailer for Hitoshi Matsumoto's Scabbard Samurai, found on YouTube:
The film follows a swordless, middle-aged samurai and his mystical yet absurd tale set in feudal Japan. He is forced to make a very young ruler laugh in 30 days, failure to do so means he must commit seppuku.
Scabbard Samurai, aka Saya-zamurai in Japanese, is directed by Japanese filmmaker Hitoshi Matsumoto, who wrote and directed the wacky Japanese flicks Big Man Japan (2007) and Symbol (2009) previously. This hits theaters in Japan this month from Shochiku Company, but doesn't have a US distributor yet, so we're not sure when we'll be able see it. But stay tuned! Check out the official website: sayazamurai.com.