2 Friendly duel
Title: Hana no ato
Original: 花のあと Hana no ato
Length: 111 min
Director: Kenji Nakanishi
Script: Shuhei Fujisawa, Yasuo Hasegawa, Kenzaburo Iida
Music: Satoshi Takebe
Keito Kitagawa: Ito
Masashiro Komoto : Saisuke
Shuntaro Miyao: Magoshiro Eguchi
After the flowers - a love story told by the grandmother to her grandchildren:
The story is that of Ito the daughter of a high provincial official who is very good at using the sword, an atypical quality for the time. In a tight training challenge with Magoshiro Eguchi, a lower-ranking samurai, their eyes meet and remain hooked for a moment. That moment will be enough to love him in silence for a lifetime, in the awareness of the impossibility of marrying him for difference in rank. When Magoshiro is pushed to seppuku for an intrigue hatched by his wife's lover, she will avenge him. She gets help by her long-promised future husband, Saisuke, who she doesn't think is that great at first.
The film shows us intrigues that exploit the honor rules of the samurai society as well as beautiful images of cherry blossoms and Japanese ambience.
The film's song
Sung by Hitoto Yo (一青 窈), a Taiwanese light music singer in Japan.