Bushi no kakeibo - Based on actual
journals and accounting records, Abacus and Sword chronicles the decline of the
Samurai age in 19th-century Japan.
They say the pen is mightier – what about the abacus? An
accounting geek with zero sword fighting talent, Naoyuki is hardly your
run-of-the-mill Samurai. Nonetheless, he defends his Lord and family faithfully,
using an unlikely weapon: the abacus.
With a sense of honor as exacting as any warrior’s and a
rigorous ethic of honesty even in the midst of dire poverty, Naoyuki (nicknamed
“the Mad Abacus” by his rivals) distinguishes himself as a hero for the
approaching modern age.
With a nudge to Japan’s romantic view of the office worker as
modern-day Samurai, ‘Abacus and Sword’ reimagines the Classic Samurai drama as
it follows Naoyuki and his family as they serve their Lord not with the sword
but with the abacus.
Director: Yoshimitsu Morita
Stars: Masato Sakai, Yukie Nakama and Kimimaro
2010 - JAPANESE with OPTIONAL ENGLISH SUBTITLES - COLOR - 16:9
ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN - 129 MINUTES
Watch the trailer HERE! (no subtitles on trailer)
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