The Breaking of Branches is Forbidden

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Synonyms: Hana-ori
Japanese: 花折り
English: The Breaking of Branches is Forbidden
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: 1968
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Source: Original
Genre: ComedyComedy
Duration: 13 min.
Rating: G - All Ages


Score: 5.361 (scored by 497497 users)
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Ranked: #117472
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Popularity: #13068
Members: 1,058
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The head monk orders a young acolyte to guard a beautiful cherry tree in the monastery garden while he goes out. But the older man underestimates his colleague’s fondness for sake. As it so happens, a samurai warrior and his servant decide to have a picnic feast in the same garden under the blossoming tree. The acolyte refuses to let them in, but when he smells their sake, his determination is put to the test.... Made in 1968, director Kawamoto’s first puppet film is a moral tale about a disciple who was justly punished for a momentary lapse.

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Apr 7, 2017
Rate a 4
English Subtitles (A couple lines of text but no vocals)

A puppet show that did not do fair job in telling a tale unless you were familiar with the Japanese culture. The ending made scene at least.

Both characters and background looked nice. However, both had completely different outlooks making for a poor to moderate mix. Background was obviously a backdrop of sorts, showing the lack of realism in some parts. More detain could have been added like actual sake.

Audio was poorly timed. An action would be done and countless things could go wrong. The proper direct moment would be missing (the slap in the ...

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Poll: Hanaori Episode 1 Discussion
StevenHu - Jan 21, 2015
1 repliesby lihle808 »»
Dec 5, 2018 8:16 PM
why are all of Kawamoto's works so underrated
DateYutaka - May 16, 2012
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Nov 17, 2012 8:16 AM