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    Izumi (Tomomitsu Yamaguchi), Sakamaki (Hiroki Narimiya), Nagachika Narita (Mansai Nomura) and Tanba (Koichi Sato) defend their castle against 20,000 invaders. Photo courtesy of Asmik Ace Entertainment. © 2011

    A Force of 20,000 VS an Army of Just 500... Fools or Heroes? Source: Asmik Ace Entertainment, TBS (Tokyo Broadcasting System) Official Movie Site: (Japan)

    Japanese theatrical poster for THE FLOATING CASTLE. © 2011

    Directors Shinji Higuchi (SINKING OF JAPAN, Gamera trilogy) and Isshin Inudo (ZERO FOCUS) team up for THE FLOATING CASTLE (?????, Nobo no Shiro), based on Ryo Wada`s novel of the same name, which has sold more than 1.3 million copies since 2007. Originally scheduled for theatrical release in Japan on September 17, 2011, THE FLOATING CASTLE -- which features a flood as a key story point -- was delayed in aftermath of the March 11th, 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami and finally saw release this past November. The movie is also now playing at international film festivals. Feudal Japan in the year 1590... nearing the end of Japan’s long period of civil war, the all-powerful warlord Hideyoshi Toyotomi (Masachika Ichimura) is one short step away from finally uniting the land under his rule. He sends a massive army north against his last enemy, the Hojo clan. But the one stronghold he cannot take is Oshi Castle, a Hojo outpost in the land of Bushu. Called ‘the floating castle’ because of the lake that surrounds it, Oshi is under the command of Nagachika Narita (Mansai Nomura), an extremely popular but buffoonish samurai known to the people of his domain as ‘Nobou-sama’, from deku no bou, or ‘blockhead’. Under Hideyoshi’s orders, General Ishida (Yusuke Kamiji) surrounds Oshi Castle with a force of 20,000. Nagachika is, as his nickname suggests, not a gifted man at all, but his battle strategies are unusual to say the least. Against the overwhelming resources of the Ishida army, the forces of this valiant little castle -- a force of only 500 cavalry -- unite with the common folk in stubborn resistance, retreating not one step even when Ishida resorts to the extraordinary measure of damming a river to flood them out. But, with victory in the Ishida army`s grasp, outside events give the story a twist no one would have ever expected. Credits Japanese Theatrical Release: November 2, 2012 Running Time: 145 minutes Starring Nagachika Narita: Mansai Nomura Kaihime: Nana Eikura Sakamaki: Hiroki Narimiya Izumi: Tomomitsu Yamaguchi Mitsunari Ishida: Yusuke Kamiji Yoshitsugu Otani: Takayuki Yamada Masaie Natsuka: Takehiro Hira Hideyoshi Toyotomi: Masachika Ichimura Tanba: Koichi Sato Ujinaga Narita: Masahiko Nishimura Yasusue Narita: Sei Hiraizumi Monk: Isao Natsuyagi Hojo Ujimasa: Takeo Nakahara Tama: Honami Suzuki Tahee: Gin Maeda Kazou: Akiyoshi Nakao Chiyo: Machiko Ono Chidori: Mana Ashida Staff Directors: Isshin Inudo, Shinji Higuchi Screenplay: Ryo Wada Original Story: Ryo Wada Executive Producers: Kazuya Hamana, Ichiro Nobukuni, Masao Teshima Producers: Osamu Kubota, Shinji Ogawa Cinematographers: Shoji Ebara, Motonobu Kiyoku Editor: Soichi Ueno Production Designer: Norihiro Isoda Art Director: Noriyuki Kondo Music: Koji Ueno Theme Song: Elephant Kashimashi Production: "The Floating Castle" Film Partners (Asmik Ace Entertainment, C&I Entertainment, Toho, TBS) Distribution: Toho, Asmik Ace Entertainment International Sales: TBS

    Kaihime (Nana Eikura) confers with the

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