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English: The Breaking of Branches is Forbidden
Synonyms: Hana-ori
Japanese: 花折り


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: 1968
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Source: Original
Genres: Comedy
Duration: 13 min.
Rating: G - All Ages


Score: 5.441 (scored by 261 users)
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Ranked: #84352
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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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More reviewsReviews

Oct 27, 2012
ridojiri (All reviews)
This is my third Kihachiro Kawamoto review. Each inspection of his work only reinvigorates the passion and utter awe I hold for his outstanding oeuvre.

Deceased in 2010 at the age of 85, Kihachiro Kawamoto presided over the Japanese Animation Association from 1989 to his death, succeeding Osamu Tezuka. Kawamoto's importance to the Japanese Animation industry is undeniable. Although his works are internationally renowned by critics, they still seem to be alien to the average anime viewer.

Kawamoto, born 1925, developed an interest in dolls and puppetry before he had even entered elementary school. In 1946, after the end of the war, Kawamoto became an read more
Apr 7, 2017
snapler (All reviews)
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 read more


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Poll: Hanaori Episode 1 Discussion
StevenHu - Jan 21, 2015
0 replies by StevenHu »»
Jan 21, 2015 9:05 PM
why are all of Kawamoto's works so underrated
DateYutaka - May 16, 2012
1 replies by balaaz »»
Nov 17, 2012 8:16 AM