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PostPosted: Tue Oct 22, 2013 11:08 pm    Post subject: The floating Castle Reply with quote
Hi guys,

anyone know the historical background of that film "the floating castle"?
Couldn't find any material. The text on the DVD says something about a castle held by an excentrical Hojo retainer named Nagachika. He is is holding a castle amidst a vast swamp (that's why it is called the floating castle) with only 300 men against 20000 toyotomi attackers.

Given that it has to sometime around the year 1590.

Seems to be a little bit like the Japanese version of Frank millers 300: -)

Anyone can help? Maybe that I am able to provide a link later.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2013 5:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Probably Oshi castle, held by Narita Nagachika. It was flooded by Toyotomi forces while under siege. No idea how many forces were involved. I'm assuming the movie takes some liberties with the numbers.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2013 5:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
I think that's it-I seem to remember seeing Ishida Mitsunari's banners (Toyotomi commander at Oshi) in one of the film trailers.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2013 6:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Tatsunoshi wrote:
I think that's it-I seem to remember seeing Ishida Mitsunari's banners (Toyotomi commander at Oshi) in one of the film trailers.


Mitsunari (in the film) is assigned as the on-site commander, and in his desire to prove himself decides to emulate Hideyoshi's mizu kogeki at Takamatsu against the Mori.

The film is pretty good--I saw it on the flight to Japan in July--but by no means should anything be taken as "historical". It's a comedic film. It takes a LOT of liberties, including some Hong Kong worthy fight scenes as Nagachika's senior retainers hold off the Toyotomi hordes at the gates.

Despite that stuff, I recommend it as a good movie. I really enjoyed it, and I figured I would hate it.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2013 5:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
So it sounds like a comedy remake of Ironclad.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2013 8:34 pm    Post subject: The Floating Castle Reply with quote
No it never gets to that Ironclad grittiness ,the best way to look at it i guess is as a comedy with a dash of man made tsunami .
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 02, 2013 6:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Gyoda City Museum, Site of Oshi Castle
http://www.sainokuni-kanko.jp/eng/sightseeingspot/002.html

Siege of Oshi
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siege_of_Oshi

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2013 3:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
thanks for your information on the historcal backround, it really helped looking up things!

Most helpful to enjoy the film was the advice that you should see it as action-comedy Smile
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