Yamazakura, The Cherry Tree in the Hills

Categories: History, Drama
Based on a short story written by Shuhei Fujisawa (who also wrote Twilight Samurai, The Hidden Blade, Love and Honor), the film depicts the uneasy life of Noe Isomura (Rena Tanaka) with the difficult family she has married into after her former husband passed away. One day as she tries to brake off a branch of a cherry tree, she is aided by a samurai who she does not recognize but who recognizes her. He turns out to be a former suitor that she never met named Yaichiro Tezuka (Noriyuki Higashiyama) and who teaches swordsmanship to the local samurai. Meanwhile, the powerful new chief retainer of the village enacts land policies that threaten the survival of the local farmers.

Status: Released IMDb
Release date: 2008-05-31
Run time: 99 minute / 1:39
Director: Tetsuo Shinohara
Writers: Yasuo Hasegawa, Kenzaburô Iida.
Production Companies : Ten Carat, Bandai Visual, Destiny, Geneon Entertainment, Nichigakudo, tv asahi
Production Country: Japan


Rena Tanaka
as Noe Isomura
Noriyuki Higashiyama
as Yoichiro Tezuka
Tetsuya Chiba
as Shouzaemon Isomura
Fumi Dan
Sumiko Fuji
as Shizu Tezuka (as Sumiko Fuji)
Yoshiyuki Okuhara Editor

Tokushô Kikumura Director of Photography

Shûhei Fujisawa Novel

Satoshi Kôno Co-Producer

Yasuo Hasegawa Screenplay
Kenzaburô Iida Screenplay

Tetsuo Shinohara Director

Katsumi Kaneda Production Design

Udai Shike Original Music Composer

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