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  • Director

    Bernard Rose

  • Starring

    Takeru Satoh, Nana Komatsu, Mirai Moriyama, Shôta Sometani

  • Run Time

    105 mins

  • Release Year


  • Country of Origin

    Japan, UK

  • Language


  • Director of Photography: Takuro Ishizaka

  • Editor: Mako Kamitsuna

  • Produced by: Jeremy Thomas, Toshiaki Nakazawa

  • Music: Philip Glass

  • Screenplay by: Bernard Rose, Hiroshi Saitô, Kikumi Yamagishi

  • Production Designer: Takashi Sasaki

  • Sound Production: Michael Perricone


Samurai Marathon

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Samurai Marathon is inspired by the real-life race (still held annually in Japan) established in the 1850s by an ageing feudal lord who, in response to the arrival of American fleets, challenged his lazy samurais to complete a marathon. In the mix is a ninja whose loyalties are tested and the lord’s rebellious daughter, Princess Yuki (Nana Komatsu), who wants to participate in the race. Directed by Bernard Rose (Candyman) with a score by Philip Glass, this Japanese-language film mixes humour with action against a striking period backdrop. [15]

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