Hana: The Tale of a Reluctant Samurai (2006)

Hana: The Tale of a Reluctant Samurai is a Japanese jidaigeki movie written and directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda. It was released by Shochiku in Japan on June 3, 2006.

The movie is set in 1702 Japan during a time of peace. However, poverty is still a widespread problem. Meanwhile, a young warrior named Soza is on a mission to restore his family name by avenging his murdered father.

Soza’s mission is sponsored by samurai in Edo and he stands to collect a 100 ryo reward for successfully exacting his vengeance. However, he’s soon confronted by his own ineptitude with a blade and the harsh reality of perpetuating a seemingly endless string of hate and revenge when there may be a less harmful alternative.

Movie info

Original title
Transliterated title
Hana Yori mo Naho
Release date
June 3, 2006
  • Hana: The Tale of a Reluctant Samurai - US DVD

    Region 1 NTSC DVD (English subtitles)

    Label: Funimation (US)
    Out: Jun 24, 2008
    Buy: Amazon.com, Amazon.ca
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Featured Cast

Actor Role
junichi-okada Junichi Okada Aoki Sōzaemon (Sōza)
Rie Miyazawa Rie Miyazawa Osae
arata-furuta Arata Furuta Sadashirō
Teruyuki Kagawa Teruyuki Kagawa Hirano Jirōzaemon
Tomoko Tabata Tomoko Tabata Onobu
Ryuhei Ueshima Ryuhei Ueshima Otokichi
Yuichi Kimura Yuichi Kimura Magosaburō
Ryo Kase Ryo Kase Sodekichi
Seiji Chihara Seiji Chihara Tomekichi
Sei Hiraizumi Sei Hiraizumi Zenzō
Moeko Ezawa Moeko Ezawa Okatsu
Yui Natsukawa Yui Natsukawa Oryō
Jun Kunimura Jun Kunimura Isekan
Katsuo Nakamura Katsuo Nakamura Shigehachi
No photo available Shohei Tanaka Shinnosuke
No photo available Ohga Tanaka Kichibō
No photo available Hiei Kimura Kenbō
No photo available Midori Hiro Ume
No photo available Natsumi Iuchi Yuki
Renji Ishibashi Renji Ishibashi Aoki Shōzaburō
Susumu Terajima Susumu Terajima Terasaka Kichiemon
Kenichi Endo Kenichi Endo Suzata Jūhachirō
Tetsushi Tanaka Tetsushi Tanaka Yokogawa Kanpei
Yuji Nakamura Yuji Nakamura Kanzaki Yogorō
Ryo Katsuji Ryo Katsuji Aoki Sōemon
No photo available Tommy’s Masa Yoriki
Eiji Minakata Eiji Minakata Aoki Shōjirō
Tadanobu Asano Tadanobu Asano Kanazawa Jubei
Yoshio Harada Yoshio Harada Onodera Junai


  • Trailer (English subtitles)

    Added 8 years ago


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Last Updated 08 Aug 2014 at 08:01