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Saya-zamurai

Hitoshi Matsumoto Japan, 2011

Jason's rating of the film Scabbard Samurai

SCABBARD SAMURAI is a very dear thing, possessing a kind of sweet-and-innocent-type vibe which appears to belong to bygone times. Indeed, Takaaki Nomi invokes Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd more than the screen comedians of today, and there is definitely something of a vaudeville-type commitment to glorious shtick going on here. What is perhaps most old-fashioned is the underlying well of sneaks-up-on-you pathos.