Sho Aoyagi from ‘Gekidan EXILE’ and Yoshinari Nishikori, director of a film ‘KON-SHIN’ worked together again to create this real historical film. The story is completely original, not basing on any particular stories, and is produced by HIRO from EXILE who has produced a film for the first time.
The story takes place in the village of Okuizumo, Shimane, in the era of Sengoku. It captures the main character played by Aoyagi, who has been destined to succeed and preserve the tradition, growing as a man through conflicts and frustrations.
Tatara village is located deep in the mountains of Izumo and this is where the legendary steel, which is said not rusting for 1000 years, has been made. A boy named Gosuke is destined to preserve a secret skill of steelmaking called ‘Tatara-fuki’, as the only successor of its skill in the village. However, the village was attacked one day by bandits who were after the steel. To be strong enough to protect the village, Gosuke, now is a grown-man, decides to leave the village and become a Samurai…
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Born in 1962, he made a debut as a director with a film ‘BUGS’, which was screened at Tokyo International Fantastic Film Festival in 1996. In 1999, he wrote and directed ‘Mamotteagetai (want to protect you)’ and it immediately gained much attention.
His other works include ‘Shiroi-Fune(A White Ship)’ in 2002, ‘Miracle Banana’ in 2006, ‘Un, Nani?(Yes, what?)’ in 2008, ‘RAILWAYS(A story of a man who became a train driver at the age of 49)’ in 2010, ‘Wasao’ in 2011, ‘KON-SHIN’ in 2013 and more.