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Neko Samurai

Starring acclaimed actor Kazuki Kitamura as Kyutaro Madarame, a masterless Samurai, the madcap Neko Samurai wonders aloud: “what if we mashed up two of Japan’s most beloved cultural icons, the samurai and the cat?” The result: one of the most delightfully cute comedies to come from Japan in some time. A dog-loving clan hires Madarame, penniless and out of work; his task is to assassinate the prized white cat of a rival, cat-loving clan (the two clans have been fiercely battling for centuries, we learn). But when Madarame melts at the sight of the cat, failing at his duty and kidnapping the feline, both clans seek to exact revenge—on the samurai himself, and the imminent showdown will test the newly-inaugurated “cat person.”

Appears in: Japanese Currents

Genres: Adventure, Comedy, Action

Other Films by Takeshi Watanabe

Neko Ninja

From the director of Neko Samurai and its sequel Neko Samurai: A Tropical Adventure, a ninja with the stolen ability to shape-shift disappears in front of his young son, saying he will return once the boy has mastered the ninja arts. Immediately, a cat appears where the father once stood, inspiring the son to believe

Neko Samurai 2: A Tropical Adventure

The beloved cat/samurai duo that charmed audiences in Samurai Cat are back in an adventure which finds our heroes Tamanojo (cat) and Madarame (samurai, Kazuki Kitamura of Thermae Romae and Kill Bill fame) marooned on the remote island of Shikokou after Madarame goes out in search of work—turns out being a “cat person” doesn’t pay