Be a Man! Samurai School
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|Directed by||Tak Sakaguchi|
|Produced by||Keiko Kusakabe
|Written by||Tak Sakaguchi
Akira Miyashita (original manga)
Taketari no Yamaguchi
|Music by||Junichi Soga|
|Editing by||Seiji Harimoto|
|Distributed by||There's Entertainment|
|Running time||110 minutes|
Be A Man! Samurai School (魁!!男塾 Sakigake!! Otokojuku , lit "Charge!! Men's Cram School") is a 2008 Japanese film written, directed by and starring Tak Sakaguchi in his directorial debut. It was based on Akira Miyashita's manga Sakigake!! Otokojuku. The film's ending theme was "Yaiba" (刃 Blade ) by The Back Horn.
Genji Togashi (Shōei) visited his brother's grave and informed him that he too will be enrolling in Otokojuku. Young Yakuza successor Hidemaro Gokukouji (Hiroyuki Onoue) ran into thugs from Kanto Gogakuren while partying, but was saved by Momotaro Tsurugi (Tak Sakaguchi). As it turns out, Hidemaro's mother (Tomoko Nakajima) already decided to send him to Otokojuku in order to become a man.
At the enrollment ceremony, Hidemaro was assaulted by head instructor Oni-Hige (Shun Sugata) for not getting into line properly. After he found Momo and met Togashi, Oni-Hige introduced the principal, Heihachi Edajima (Akaji Maro). Edajima gave his introductory speech. At Orientation, 1st years Tazawa (Taketori no Yamaguchi) and Matsuo (Yoshiaki Yoza) are forced by Tange and the 2nd years to perform ridiculous tasks and manly performances. Togashi and Toramaru stand up to Tange (Masaki Miura) and a brawl breaks out and Momo got involved. The fight was interrupted by 2nd year leader Gouji Akashi (Tetsushi Tanaka), who challenged Momo to a sword fight, which itself was interrupted by Oni-Hige before a true victor could be decided.
After finding a pair of underwear, drill instructor Iron Helmet (Kentarō Shimazu) summoned all the students for a uniform inspection. He informed the students that all real men wear a fundoshi and that the owner of the briefs will be punished. Togashi can see from his face that they belong to Hidemaro, so he confesses to preferring briefs. He was placed in a tub of oil with a candle on a leaf while wearing just a fundoshi. As the oil gets hotter, Togashi perseveres until the candle goes out as a message of manliness to Hidemaro. Hidemaro can't take it anymore so he runs away in the middle of the night. After words of encouragement from Shioya (Tatsuo Yamada), the last remaining member of the Gokukouji clan, he return to Otokojuku just as Momo was being scolded by Oni-Hige for letting him to escape. The two of them are placed inside twin cells, one of which has a 500 kilogram collapsible ceiling that Momo must hold up by chain in the other cell in order to keep Hidemaro from being crushed.
One day, Otokojuku was invaded by Kanto Gogakuren, a group of delinquents led by Omito Date (Hideo Sakaki), a former Otokojuku student who was expelled for killing an instructor for forcing him to undergo the twin solitary cells punishment. He and his two right hand men, Hien (Gō Ayano) and Gekko (Shuya Yoshimoto) defeated most of the students. Akashi challenge Date and was nearly killed before being saved by Momo. However, before things can go further, Edajima interrupts and demands they settled things in the 3 Great Astonishing Assaults tournament. Momo, Togashi, and Toramaru are chosen to represent Otokojuku. Togashi again visited his brother's grave when Oni-Hige suddenly appears. He told Togashi of how his brother was a real man and gives him his brother's dosu knife. As Momo trains his sword, Toramaru wrestles a bear, and Matsu practices his ōendan, Hidemaro and Tazawa both wonder what they can do to help.
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