A Samurai Chronicle

A Samurai Chronicle (蜩ノ記, Higurashi no Ki) is a 2014 Japanese film directed by Takashi Koizumi.

A Samurai Chronicle
Directed byTakashi Koizumi
Written byTakashi Koizumi
Motomu Furuta
Based onHigurashi no Ki
by Rin Hamuro
StarringKōji Yakusho
Junichi Okada
Maki Horikita
Mieko Harada
Music byTakashi Kako
Release date
  • 4 October 2014 (2014-10-04)
Running time
129 minutes



A retired samurai must redeem himself for a crime that he committed earlier in his life. A squire is sent by the prime minister of Japan to keep watch over him.[1]


Teruyo Nogami, who was a longtime assistant of Akira Kurosawa, worked as a special adviser on the film, and jointed the director and star for a question and answer session about the film.[1]

The film was based on an award-winning novel by Rin Hamuro.[1]

Koizumi claimed that he did not want to send any political messages with the film and instead intended to portray the real life events as accurately as possible.[1]


The film debuted at number two in the Japanese box office[2] and grossed a total of $8,804,424 in Japan.[3]

The Japan Times awarded the film a score of five out of ten, saying that the film failed to invoke the film of Akira Kurosawa that it was influenced by. [Though Koizumi and his veteran staff try to channel that sensibility, they are not Kurosawa, and though “A Samurai Chronicle” echoes the master’s work, it lacks his vivifying presence.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d Karen Severns. "FCCJ -".
  2. ^ "Japan Box Office".
  3. ^ "Higurashi no ki (A Samurai Chronicle)".
  4. ^ "Death-row samurai spills ink, not blood". The Japan Times.

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