In the list of Japanese samurai films released in 2019, there are 5 best movies that you must watch this year. The films are: Long Journey, Love’s Twisting Pathm, Touken Ranbu The Movie, Samurai Marathon 1855, and Inemuri Iwane. SiPlease read the storyline of each of these films and don’t forget the schedule can change at any time!
Love’s Twisting Path (Tajuro Jun Aiki)
Love’s Twisting Path (Tajuro Jun Aiki) is Japanese Action Drama Historical movie that tells about sword fighting, called “Chambara.” The film centered on a penniless samurai named Tajuro Kiyokawa, who has left the world of violence behind and only wants to practice painting while leading a life of peace and quiet. But the battling factions loyal to the Shogun and the deposed Emperor, including his brother, force him to pick up his sword again. This leads up to a climatic sword fight in a bamboo forest.
Love’s Twisting Path (Tajuro Jun Aiki) is produced by Teruro Momo Aiki Production Committee, and distributed by Toei. Directed by Sadao Nakajima, with Keiko Tani and Sadao Nakajima was applies as writers. Cast for the main characters in the film include: Ryô Kimura, Kengo Kôra, and Mikako Tabe. Reportedly this film aired in Japan in 2019.
Long Journey (Hikkoshi Daimyo)
Long Journey (Hikkoshi Daimyo) is Japanese Action Drama Historical Samurai movie adaptation of the Akihiro Dobashi’s novel, Hikkoshi Daimyo Sanzenri published in 2016 by Haruki Bunko. The film is centered on Harunosuke Katagiri (Gen Hoshino), a samurai and a bookworm. He receives a mission to help a daimyo move. With the assistance of Genemon Takamura (Issey Takahashi) and Oran (Mitsuki Takahata), Harunosuke Katagiri carries out his mission.
Long Journey (Hikkoshi Daimyo) is produced by Shochiku. Directed by Isshin Inudo, with Akihiro Dobashi was applies as writer. Cast for the main characters in the film include: Gen Hoshino, Issei Takahashi, and Mitsuki Takahata. Reportedly this film aired in Japan in 2019.
Touken Ranbu: The Movie
Touken Ranbu: The Movie is Japanese Fantasy Drama Action Spy History film based on a video game series of the same name published by DMM Games and Nitroplus. The cast from Stage: Touken Ranbu will be reprising their roles in this movie. Tells a story of A sage travels to the past and collects a set of legendary swords, which he brings to life as a gang of talented but dysfunctional young men, to fight a battle against evil.
They came from 8 great swords morph that turned into 8 handsome warriors including Munechika Mikazuki (Hiroki Suzuki). The warriors know that Nobunaga Oda was supposed to die at the Honno-ji incident in 1582, but he did not die. To revert back to the original history, they go back in time to assassinate Nobunaga Oda and protect the history.
Touken Ranbu: The Movie is produced by Tohokushinsha Film, BBC Films, Working Title Films, and distributed by Toho (Japan) and Universal Pictures. Directed by Saiji Yakumo, with Yoshihiro Furusawa and Takeshi Date as producers. Meanwhile, Yasuko Kobayashi was applies as writer. Cast for the main characters in the film include: Hiroki Suzuki, Yoshihiko Aramaki, Ryo Kitamura, Masanari Wada, Hiroaki Iwanaga, and Sadamoto Fuma. Reportedly this film aired in Japan on January 18, 2019.
Samurai Marathon 1855 (Samurai Marason)
Samurai Marathon 1855 (Samurai Marason) is Japanese Action Drama Historical movie based on Akihiro Dobashi’s novel Bakumatsu Marason Samurai published 2014 by Kadokawa Haruki Corporation. This film is set at the end of Edo period. Annaka lord’s Katsuaki Itakura predicts the potential attacks from foreign invaders, and decides to train the samurais by traveling through ten Gosato (about 58 km) along the mountain road.
However, this movement is mistaken for treason by the shogunate, and decide to assassinate Katsuaki staying in the castle during the absence of samurais. Then assassins are sent to the hanshu’s castle.
Jinnai Karasawa also came to the castle which was sent as a spy. But he realizes that assassins are sent to the hanshu castle. To stop the assassins and clear up the misunderstanding, he is in order to stop the plan. But it won’t be easy, he starts running.
Samurai Marathon 1855 (Samurai Marason) is produced by Sedic International, Recorded Picture Company (RPC), Sedic Deux, and distributed by GAGA (Japan). Directed by Bernard Rose, with Takashi Iguchi, Tsutakasa Ikegami, Toshiaki Nakazawa, Takahiro Ohno, Motoi Sasaki, Jeremy Thomas, Seiji Yagi, and Kensuke Zushi as producers. Meanwhile, Akihiro Dobashi, Bernard Rose, Hiroshi Saitô, and Kikumi Yamagishi was applies as writers. Cast for the main characters in the film include: Takeru Satoh, Nana Komatsu, Mirai Moriyama, Shota Sometani, Munetaka Aoki, and Ryu Kohata. Reportedly this film aired in Japan on February 22, 2019.
Inemuri Iwane is Japanese Action Drama Historical movie based on Yasuhide Saeki’s novel series “Inemuri Iwane Edo Zoshi” published from 2002 to 2016 by Futaba Bunko. Previously this novel had been adapted into a TV series titled Kagero no Tsuji, consisted of 3 series series and aired from 2007 – 2009 by NHK. The story revolves around of Iwane Sakazaki (Tori Matsuzaka) who has two childhood friends: Kinpei Kobayashi (Tasuku Emoto) and Shinnosuke Kawade (Yosuke Sugino).
They received training at the same dojo. Kinpei Kobayashi’s younger sister Mai is married to Shinnosuke Kawade. Also Iwane Sakazaki will marry Nao (Kyoko Yoshine) who is the younger sister of Kinpei Kobayashi and Mai. The three friends are like brothers.
Shinnosuke Kawade then hears a rumor that his wife Mai is having an affair and he kills her. Kinpei Kobayashi becomes enraged that his younger sister is murdered and kills Shinnosuke Kawade. To punish Kinpei Kobayashi, Iwane Sakazaki is ordered to kill his friend.
Inemuri Iwane is distributed by Shochiku (Japan). Directed by Katsuhide Motoki, with Fujimoto was applies as writer. Cast for the main characters in the film include: Tori Matsuzaka, Fumino Kimura, Kyoko Yoshine, Tasuku Emoto, Yosuke Sugino, and Kuranosuke Sasaki. Reportedly this film aired in Japan on May 17, 2019.