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Saya-zamurai

Hitoshi Matsumoto Japan, 2011

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This goony opera buffa is an epic, comic take on the Scheherazade myth, packed with a roster of zanies orbiting a sad-sack everyman brilliantly played by the rubber-faced Nomi. Saya-Zamurai is both an increasingly elaborate series of pratfalls and a thinly veiled metaphor on the nature of artistic temperament, criticism and public popularity. You'll likely find the switcheroo ending pointed and anything but empty.