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Saya-zamurai

Hitoshi Matsumoto Japan, 2011

Mugino's rating of the film Scabbard Samurai

A charming homage to Takaaki Nomi and vaudevillian performers like him. Matsumoto cast Nomi without giving the actor a script. Nomi was not told this was a film or who was directing. Direction was given from afar and others were instructed not to interact with him off-camera to heighten tension. This is Nomi improvising raw, without knowing WTF is going on, a veteran comedian approaching an end he cannot foresee.