Rainy Day Movie is a feature here on Living With a Nerd that provides short insights into movies and series that you should save for a rainy day.  In this edition of Rainy Day Movie, we take a look at the entertaining and funny samurai film Samurai Fiction.

Directed by Nakano Hiroyuki, Samurai Fiction is the story of Inukai Heishiro, son of a clan officer attempting to retrieve an heirloom, originally presented as a gift from the shogun.  After a disastrous first encounter with the thief, Heishiro is nursed back to health by a master swordsman and his daughter.  The storyline is standard samurai fare, although it is kept interesting through the hour and fifty minute running time. 

The bulk of the film is presented in black and white, with long shots and shots that “lead” actors similar in style to Akira Kurosawa.  In addition, the screen turns all red during some of the (many) kills, providing a visual flair that adds excitement and uniqueness.  Although there are a few serious scenes, the rock and electronica-laden soundtrack tells you that this is no serious film.  Hijinks and hilarity ensue within almost every scene, providing a stark contrast for the high body count and feelings of revenge on display.

Fight scenes are entertaining, without feeling overdone or embellished as they too often are in this genre.  While swordsmen move quickly, they don’t show off; they move as little as possible and get the job done.   This is a refreshing change from what you see in most samurai films, and keeps things a bit more grounded in reality.

Samurai Fiction is a great movie to get wrapped up in a blanket and just watch.  It will make you laugh, keep you entertained, and spark conversations.  If you like samurai films and if you like to laugh, make sure Samurai Fiction is a part of your next rainy day marathon.