The writer of Samurai Hustle’s original story, Akihiro Dobashi, has had another one of his novels made into a film.
Based on the history of a real Samurai, Naonori Matsudaira, who moved his clan many times, this film depicts the real struggles of the people who lived in this era.
Naonori Matsudaira (Mitsuhiro Oikawa) was ordered by the shogunate to move his clan’s ‘country’ from Himeji in Hyogo to Hita in Oita. At that time, relocating was very different from now and would require extraordinary costs and labour to move all the men and their families.
In order to succeed, it was necessary for them to pay back all their debts before they left the areas as well as reducing their belongings and the number of the clan by firing members. The whole process depended on the skills of the ‘moving’ leader, yet with his untimely death, all of the know-how of country change was lost. Naonori Matsudaira orders the castle’s librarian, Harunosuke Katagiri (Gen Hoshino) to become the new moving leader. With a deadline of only three months, Naonori Matsudaira’s people are in trouble!
Harunosuke Katagiri’s childhood friend, a master of martial arts, Gen-Emon Takamura (Issei Takahashi) and Oran (Mitsuiki Takahata) who is the daughter of the recent past moving leader work together to make the move a success for all those whose lives hand in the balance.