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With a little persistence and a stroke of good luck, a small time actor, Nanshu, gets the chance of a lifetime: a lead role as one of the eight samurai that will save a village from roaming bandits. After months of training, he is sure this role will make him the greatest actor in the history of Japan. But little does he know that the director is having doubts and there is only one thing that Nanshu did not prepare for - being fired. A tragic comedy inspired by the Japanese samurai films, American comedies and Italian Neorealism of the s. Having work relatively alone before AFI, at the conservatory I learned about collaboration and how to move beyond the 'street stories' and explore other sides of me, like my love for Classic World Cinema. A far cry from the kind of films I made before, I realized sometimes it is good to move outside your comfort zone. Many exceptional Japanese actors were luckily still in town, and because of the wonderful casting director Yumi Takada, I was able to get my thesis script into their hands.
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