Hana
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Director Hirokazu Koreeda turns the popularly held conventions of the typical samurai {revenge} tale on their head with this story of a man whose quest to avenge the death of his father gradually takes a back seat to his emerging role as a key figure in the community. The year is 1702, and young samurai Sozaemon Aoki (Junichi Okada) has arrived in Edo to seek revenge against Jubei Kanazawa (Tadanoby Asano). Kanazawa is the man responsible for the death of Aoki's father, and now it's up to the grieving swordsman to settle the score. When Aoki begins teaching the children of Edo to read… More

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Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A humanistic, charmingly off-kilter samurai story of sorts."
‑ Leslie Felperin, Variety
"Despite a whimsical approach to the material, Koreeda allows too many scenes to drag and too many themes to repeat."
‑ David Cornelius, DVDTalk.com
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