Samurai of Fukushima


Matsubara Tamotsu, Okano Kensuke

Japan, Singapore/44min./2012

This is the story of people in the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster affected Soma area of Fukushima, harbingers of the samurai spirit and protectors of a thousand year old traditional samurai event, the Soma-Nomaoi which draws 500 mounted warriors annually. This invincible samurai spirit has endured all, even war, to be passed down through the ages in its true and magnificent form. Constantly living in fear of an invisible enemy, radiation, these people prepare for the 2012 event in order to pass the samurai culture on to the next generation. The filming will document the strong bonds and struggle of those who persevere and remain in Fukushima in the face of unprecedented disaster.
Title in English Samurai of Fukushima
Title in Original Language 受け継がれしサムライ精神
Director(s) Matsubara Tamotsu, Okano Kensuke
Director's Bio/Filmography Tamotsu Matsubara/
Participating in ASD since 2011. Two documentaries, both made with grants from the Japanese government in 2011 and 2012, have been distributed in more than 20 Asian countries. Co-produced with Bhutan Broadcasting Services, the first time for Japanese producer to broadcast programs in Bhutan, one on a Japanese swordsmith and his disciple and another on the hard practices of Shugendo, a disappearing mountain ascetic tradition in Japan.
Year of Completion 2012
Nationality of the Film Japan, Singapore
Running Time 44 min.
Aspect Ratio Video: 16:9
Color Color
Screening Format BDDVD
Shooting Locations Minami-Soma City, Soma City and Aizu-wakamatsu City (Fukushima)
Shooting Dates/Periods May 21, 2011 - July 31, 2011
May 19, 2012 - July 30, 2012
Names of Characters
Language of Commentary and Dialogue English,
Subtitles English,
Date of First Public Screening 2012/12/31
Place of First Public Screening (Country) Singapore
Date of First Public Screening in Japan 2012/12/31
Previous Screenings at Other Film Festivals and Events
Staff Credits Script: Kensuke Okano
Photography: Masanori Nagi
Editing: Keishi Unno
Sound: Home Studio Pte.Ltd
Music: Burtt See
Narration: Allen Farmer
Others:AETN All Asia Networks Pte,Ltd / Chris Humphrey
Producer Matsubara Tamotsu
Distributor / Distribution Company Looking Glass International
Official Website for the Film
Other Online Access to the film
Screenings at the Past YIDFF Programs and Events None