Abacus and Sword (2010)

Abacus and Sword is a 2010 Japanese movie directed by Yoshimitsu Morita and written by Michio Kashiwada. Distributor Shochiku released it in Ishikawa Prefecture on November 27, 2010 and the rest of Japan on December 4, 2010.

The film is based on the diary of an unnamed accountant who worked for the Kaga Clan around the time of a series of major events which marked the end of the Tokugawa Shogunate and a drastic political shift toward imperial rule.

Masato Sakai plays the accountant, Hachidaime, and Yukie Nakama plays his wife as they work together to keep their lives in order in a time of great upheaval for samurai families. At any other time, their position in society would have brought them great wealth, but as the Kaga Clan falls into financial crisis, Hachidaime is forced to sell off all their furniture and household possessions to hold things together. Through it all, his wife stays supportive and cleverly makes due with what little they have to maintain a frugal, but happy life.

Movie info

Original title
Transliterated title
Bushi no Kakeibo
Premiere date
November 27, 2010
Release date
December 4, 2010
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Featured Cast

Actor Role
Masato Sakai Masato Sakai
Yukie Nakama Yukie Nakama
Kaito Oyagi Kaito Oyagi
Keiko Matsuzaka Keiko Matsuzaka
Kyusaku Shimada Kyusaku Shimada
Masahiko Nishimura Masahiko Nishimura
Masatoshi Nakamura Masatoshi Nakamura
Mina Fujii Mina Fujii
Mitsuko Kusabue Mitsuko Kusabue
No photo available Sengoro Shigeyama
Shigemitsu Ogi Shigemitsu Ogi
No photo available Yuki Ito

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