Scabbard Samurai (Saya Zamurai)

de Hitoshi Matsumoto


Kanjuro Nomi is a samurai with no sword, he only has its scabbard. After completely giving up violence and embarking on a trip with his daughter Tae, now he’s wanted as a deserter. His only option to save his own life is to bring a smile back to the prince’s face, sad since the death of his mother. He has 30 days to do it: if he can’t he must commit sepukku. Hitoshi Matsumoto returns to the Festival after his unclassifiable Big Man Japan and Symbol, surprising us now with a film that leaves eccentricities behind to tell us a tender story of love between father and daughter laced, indeed, with unmistakable touches of humor.


Hitoshi Matsumoto

He debuted as an actor in 1982 as half of the comic duo Downtown. In 2007, he directed his first feature length, DaiNiponjin. It was followed by Symbol (09) and Scabbard Samurai (11), all screened in Sitges.

Technical information

Edition: 2011
Section: Official Fantàstic Competition
Original language: Japanese