Archive Cinema City 2012.

Scabbard Samurai

Saya Zamurai

Genre: Comedy
Country: Japan
Year: 2011
Duration: 103 min

Director: Hitoshi Matsumoto
Scenario: Hitoshi Matsumoto

Cast: Tokio Emoto, Itsuji Itao, Sea Kumada, Takaaki Nomi, Rolly, Ryo

Programme selection: 360°

ja, en, sr


Nomi Kanjuro is a samurai on the run after throwing away his sword for good. He has with him his headstrong 9-year-old daughter Tae. A bounty is soon placed on him and 3 assassins go after the score. When Nomi Kanjuro is eventually captured and placed in front of the local feudal lord, he is given a choice. He has 30 days to make the grieving boy prince smile, if he fails, Nomi Kanjuro must commit suicide.


Locarno 2011 - Piazza Grande / Pusan Film Festival 2011 / Sitges 2011 / Mar del Plata 2011 / Asian FF 2011 - Czech Republic / Tromso FF 2012 - Norway / Black Movie FF 2012 - Switzerland / Deauville Asian FF 2012 / Hong Kong IFF /


One of the most prominent and successful comedians in Japan for over a decade, Matsumoto has been a leading figure for many years in the Japanese entertainment industry. In 2007, Matsumoto made his directorial debut with the feature film BIG MAN JAPAN which was screened in the Director’s Fortnight section at Cannes International Film Festival.