All About Lily Chou-Chou
All About Lily Chou-Chou is a 2001 Japanese film and directed by Shunji Iwai, that portrays the lives of 14-year-old students in Japan and the effect the enigmatic singer Lily Chou-Chou's music has on some of them. All About Lily Chou-Chou follows two boys, Shūsuke Hoshino and Yūichi Hasumi, from the start of junior middle school when they first meet, into the eighth grade; the film has a discontinuous storyline, starting midway through the story, just after the second term of junior high school begins flashes back to the first term and summer vacation, skips back to the present. In elementary school, Hoshino was one of the best students in school, but was picked on by his classmates. Hoshino and Hasumi meet and become friends when they join the kendo club, Hoshino invites Hasumi to stay over at his house. Hoshino's family is wealthy in comparison to Hasumi's family. Hasumi mistakes Hoshino's attractive young mother for his sister; the kendo club summer camp training is tough, Hoshino and some other first-grade boys decide to take a trip to Okinawa.
Once there, Hoshino has a traumatic near-death experience and his personality changes from good-natured to dangerous and manipulative. Back at school in September for second term, he takes his place as class bully and shows his newfound power by ruining the lives of his classmates. An alternative voice, that of the character Sumika Kanzaki, attributes Hoshino's personality change to the collapse of his family's business and his parent's divorce. Hasumi, the confused and shy former friend of Hoshino, finds himself sucked into his now-tormentor's gang, he is ridiculed and coerced into doing Hoshino's dirty work, finds solace only in the ethereal music Lily Chou-Chou makes, acting as web editor for his fan website. Things become far worse for everyone when Hasumi is assigned to supervising Shiori Tsuda, whom Hoshino has blackmailed into enjo kōsai, another girl is raped by Hoshino's lackeys after unwittingly offending the school's girl gang; the whole quagmire comes to a head when Hasumi heads to Tokyo to see a Lily Chou-Chou concert, where he encounters the last person he thought would be there.
The story of Hoshino and Hasumi is paralleled by messages posted to a Lily Chou-Chou message board which are displayed on screen. Until the meeting at the concert, it is left up to the viewer to figure out which characters in the story are posting under what names. On April 1, 2000, Shunji Iwai went live with his internet novel, in the form of a website called Lilyholic, where he posted messages as several characters on the BBS. Readers of the novel were free to post alongside Iwai's characters and interact with each other, indeed this BBS is where some of the content from the movie comes from. After the main incident in the novel took place, posting was closed and the second phase of the novel started, about the lives of 14-year-olds. Production on the film began in Ashikaga, Tochigi Prefecture on August 13, 2000 and ended on November 28, 2000, it premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 7, 2001 and opened in Japan on October 6, 2001. Iwai was the first Japanese director to use the, at the time new digital video camera, the Sony HDW-F900 to shoot the film.
It is thought that Iwai was inspired to shoot in digital by his friend, the anime and live-action film director Hideaki Anno, who shot his own digital film entitled Love & Pop, in 1998. Anno cast Iwai as the lead in his second live-action film, Shiki-Jitsu. After the film's release a synopsis written from the point of view of the main character Yūichi was published online to explain the film's events; the soundtrack of Lily Chou-Chou was written and arranged by Takeshi Kobayashi, with vocals by the singer Salyu. It features a number of songs; the soundtrack makes heavy use of the classical music of Claude Debussy. In 2010 Salyu and Takeshi Kobayashi released a new song under the YouTube name'LilyChouChou2000', suggesting that the Lily Chou-Chou moniker was still alive. Shugo Oshinari as Shūsuke Hoshino, the best student in school who, after a trip to Okinawa, becomes a bully. Posts under the alias Blue Cat. Hayato Ichihara as Yūichi Hasumi, Hoshino's former friend who becomes a reluctant member of his gang and will on be bullied by Hoshino.
Yūichi is the leading character in the movie. He is a great fan of the singer. Ayumi Ito as Yōko Kuno, a classmate of Yūichi's. A brilliant pianist, she is the envy of a clique of powerful girls, therefore is bullied, she is raped by Hoshino's gang and cuts off her hair as a way of avoiding Shiori Tsuda's fate. Yū Aoi as Shiori Tsuda, a classmate of Yūichi who gets blackmailed into enjo kōsai by Hoshino. Yūichi befriends her on, introduces her to Lily's music. Near the end of the movie she takes her life. Yuki Ito as Kamino, one of the boys in the blue school uniforms at the train station when Kuno is introduced. Izumi Inamori as Izumi Hoshino, Hoshino's mother, it is unknown. She loves her son much and welcomes Yūichi with open arms during a junior high sleepover at the Hoshino household. A classmate of Yūichi suggests that this is done to ensure that Yūichi will enjoy being Hoshino's friend. Salyu as Lily Chou-Chou, the enigmatic and ethereal singer that Yūichi and others in the film are fans of.
She is hardly seen in the film, except on a video scre
Vampire (2011 film)
Vampire is a 2011 dramatic horror-thriller film directed and written by Shunji Iwai and starring Kevin Zegers as a teacher who believes himself to be a blood-drinking vampire. It was first released on January 22, 2011 at the Sundance Film Festival and is the first film he has directed in English. Simon is a ordinary biology teacher that spends much of his spare time caring for his Alzheimers-ridden mother Helga; this ends up not being the case, as Simon believes himself to be a vampire and spends much of his time looking at online sites for suicidal women who would make for easy prey. One such woman, Jellyfish, is tricked into believing that she and Simon will both be killing one another, only for Simon to drink her blood after he administers sleeping pills and draws blood from her. Along with his vampiric hobby, Simon tries to keep his mother indoors by putting her in a straitjacket-esque contraption tied to several large balloons, it is when Simon meets Laura that things begin to unravel, as she grows obsessed with him to the point where she breaks into his home.
Things begin to further devolve when Renfield, a man who believes himself to be a vampire, emerges onto the scene and is far more violent than Simon dared to be. Kevin Zegers as Simon Keisha Castle-Hughes as Jellyfish Amanda Plummer as Helga Trevor Morgan as Renfield Adelaide Clemens as Ladybird Yū Aoi as Mina Kristin Kreuk as Maria Lucas Rachael Leigh Cook as Laura King Jodi Balfour as Michaela Katharine Isabelle as Lapis Lazuli Mandy Playdon as Stella Snyder Iwai was inspired to create Vampire after he "got the idea about a serial killer, more like a friend to his victims" and liked the question of "if the victims are working with the killer in helping kill themselves, would it be considered murder or aided suicide?". While further developing the idea for Vampire Iwai wanted to "strip away the romantic idea behind vampirism", but wanted to explore the idea of a vampire, "not a supernatural creature but rather a real human being", he based the character of Simon on "the strange habits that we all have" and stated that if he had not come up with the idea of Simon, he would have passed on Vampire's theme.
Iwai penned the script for Vampire himself. However, as Iwai had difficulty with spoken English dialogue, asked the performers to "not follow the script too and try to be more spontaneous so that the dialogue would be natural."Actor Kevin Zegers was asked to perform in the film after Iwai met Zegers while dining with friends. Zegers accepted and was one of the first actors brought in. Filming for Vampire took place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada during spring of 2010, Zegers stated that the process was taxing due to the film's nature. Iwai confirmed this, saying that the weather was "always gray and rainy, which can bring the mood down" and that he "gave a lot of freedom to Kevin with his character, Simon, so he took on the sadness and troubles Simon’s character was going through." Critical reception for Vampire has been mixed. Much of the film's criticism stemmed from its length, as media outlets such as Screen Daily and the Montreal Gazette felt that it detracted from the film's overall story.
Variety praised Iwai’s "fastidiously composed scenes of ritual bloodletting" as one moment where the film "springs to life", but remarked that the film had a limited appeal. The Hollywood Reporter had a similar opinion in their review, with the bottom line reading "Artsy but alienating quasi-horror film offers a non-supernatural alternative to Count Dracula." Io9 was more positive in their review, stating "Fans of more traditional vampire fare may not find what they’re looking for in this piece, but anyone who has seen Iwai’s other work his masterpiece of oddball suspense Pikunikku, will be right at home with his American debut." Reviewers for Twitch Film gave predominantly positive reviews, echoing io9's sentiments and stating that "for those not turned off by some graphic violence and a whole lot of artistic license, there is a lot to like about this portrait of a killer more empathetic than psychopathic." Grand Jury Prize for World Cinema - Dramatic at the Sundance Film Festival Festival Prize at the Strasbourg International Film Festival Special Mention for Feature Film at the Fantasia Film Festival Vampire on IMDb Vampire on Fearnet
Shunji Iwai is a Japanese film director, video artist and documentary maker. Iwai was born in Sendai, Japan, he attended Yokohama National University, graduating in 1987. In 1988 he started out in the Japanese entertainment industry by directing TV dramas and music videos. In 1993, his TV drama, brought him critical praise and the Directors Guild of Japan New Directors Award for his portrayal of a group of children in the town of Iioka. In 1995 he went on to start his career in feature films, starting with the box-office hit Love Letter, in which he cast pop singer Miho Nakayama in dual roles. Love Letter launched the movie career of Miki Sakai who won a Japanese Academy Award as'Newcomer of the Year' for her portrayal of Itsuki Fujii as a young girl. Iwai collaborated with cinematographer Noboru Shinoda to produce a film praised for its evocative winter cinematography. Love Letter made an impact in other east Asian countries too, notably South Korea where the film's success helped break down the post-World War II barriers to Japanese films being shown there.
In 1996 came the commercial and critical success of Swallowtail Butterfly, a multifaceted story of the fictional Yen Town, a city of immigrants in search of hope and a better life with three separate and distinct main characters. Ageha, an orphaned teenage girl, Glico, a prostitute turned pop star, Feihong, an immigrant who manages Glico's career and owns the Yen Town club, he wrote the lyrics of a theme song for the film Swallowtail Butterfly with Chara and Takeshi Kobayashi. In 1998, Fine Line Features released Love Letter in the United States theatrically under the new title When I Close My Eyes. Iwai enjoyed another kind of success with this film as well, having teamed up with Takeshi Kobayashi to create the music for the film and the Yen Town Band, headed by Pop star Chara; the band they created became a commercial hit in Japan. He would team up with Kobayashi again in 2001 for the harrowing High School Drama All About Lily Chou-Chou. Kobayashi would create the music for the titular pop star, Lily Chou-Chou, spread through the film, be released as an album entitled Kokyu.
In 2002 he released a short, ARITA. In 2004 Iwai released his first comedy, he once again composed the film score himself. He has directed a commercial airing in Japan featuring Matsu Takako, whom he has not worked with since 1998. October, 2006 sees; the film was written by Ami Sakurai. It stars Yū Aoi and Shoko Aida. In 2006, Iwai spent time documenting and interviewing Kon Ichikawa while filming The Inugamis to create a feature-length documentary about the director's life. A more recent project, a piece he wrote about the Japanese indie rock scene in the early 1990s called Bandage, was released on January 16, 2010. Apart from being in charge of the music production, "Bandage" represents Takeshi Kobayashi's first time as a movie director; the project was taken by Ryuhei Kitamura, but was dropped in 2006. The filming started in 2008 and Kobayashi chose a different cast for the movie, casting j-pop singer Jin Akanishi and Kie Kitano for the main roles, it included other actors who have worked with Iwai before, such as Ayumi Ito and Hideyuki Kasahara.
The release of the horror film Vampire marked his English-language film debut. Unknown Child 1991 - Galaxy Award, Dranma dos Award. Fireworks 1993 - Directors Guild of Japan New Directors AwardUndo 1995 - Berlin International Film Festival, Forum of new cinema, Netpac Award. Picnic 1996 - Berlin International Film Festival, Forum of new cinema Prize of the Readers of the Berliner Zeitung. Love Letter Montreal Film Festival Audience Award. 20th Houchi Cinema Award: Best Director. 8th Nikkan Sports Movie Award: Best Newcomer. 69th Kinema Junpo Best 10: Reader's poll for Directors. 50th Mainichi Movie Competition: Best Japanese Movie. 17th Yokohama Film Festival: Production Award, Director Award. 21st Osaka Film Festival: Production Award, Best New Director. 19th Academy Award in Japan: Best Production. 6th ACA Film Award: Best Film Production. 46th Arts Recommendations: Newcomer Award from the Ministry of Culture. 10th Takasaki Film Festival: Grand Prix of young directors. Swallowtail Butterfly 1998 - Fant-Asia Film Festival, Best Asian Film.
April Story 1998 - Pusan International Film Festival, Audience Award. All About Lily Chou-Chou 2002 - Berlin International Film Festival: The C. I. C. A. E. Panorama Prize. 2002 - 6th Shanghai International Film Festival: Special Jury Award / Best Music. Hana & Alice Best Actress: Yū Aoi, 2005 - Japanese Professional Movie Award Cinema of Japan Shunji Iwai on IMDb Shunji Iwai at the Japanese Movie Database
Ghost Soup is a 1992 Japanese TV drama produced for Fuji TV as part of their part of the food-themed drama series, La Cuisine by Shunji Iwai. It's Christmas Eve in Tokyo; as he is getting settled in, two strangers are surprised to find him there. They begin complaining that he is upsetting their plans for a Christmas party to be thrown in the apartment that night before attempting to kick him out. Ghost Soup on IMDb
Yu Aoi is a Japanese actress and model. She made her film debut as Shiori Tsuda in Shunji Iwai's 2001 film All About Lily Chou-Chou, she subsequently portrayed Tetsuko Arisugawa in Hana and Alice directed by Iwai, Kimiko Tanigawa in the hula dancing film Hula Girls and Hagumi Hanamoto in the 2006 live-action adaptation of the Honey and Clover manga series. She has won numerous awards for her performances on screen, including the Japan Academy Prize and Kinema Junpo Awards for best supporting actress in 2007 for Hula Girls and Rookie of the Year for continued performances in the field of Films in Media and Fine Arts by the Ministry of Education, Sports and Technology of Japan in 2009. Yu Aoi made her stage debut as Polly in the 1999 rendition of Annie, followed by her appearance as a regular on TV Tokyo's Oha Suta in 2000. A year she debuted in Shunji Iwai's All About Lily Chou-Chou playing Shiori Tsuda alongside Hayato Ichihara, Shugo Oshinari, Miwako Ichikawa, Ayumi Ito. Aoi would work in Ao to Shiro de Mizuiro and Gaichu with friend Aoi Miyazaki.
With her first roles on the small and big screen came TV commercials and endorsements for Sony, Yamaha, DoCoMo, Toshiba and Coca-Cola. In 2003, commemorating the 30th anniversary of Kit Kat in Japan, Shunji Iwai shot a series of short films starring Yu Aoi and Anne Suzuki, expanded into the feature film called Hana & Alice, which earned Aoi the Best Actress award at the Japanese Professional Movie Award. In 2005, Aoi played her first lead on the big screen in Letters from Kanai Nirai, sold in Korea with the alternate title of Aoi Yu's Letter due to her popularity, she had supporting roles in the Satoshi Miki film Turtles Swim Faster than Expected starring Juri Ueno, Yamato with Shido Nakamura and Kenichi Matsuyama. This supporting role would earn her one of her double-nomination as Best Supporting Actress at the 2007 Japanese Academy Award, she won against herself for her work as Kimiko Tanikawa in the Japanese hit Hula Girls, sent to the Academy Awards as the Japanese official selection that year.
To this date, her role as the hula dancing girl from small town Iwaki remains her most successful role yet, earning her a dozen awards as Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress, alongside her other smaller roles that year as Hagu in Honey & Clover, Kana Sato in the Shunji-Iwai-produced and Nirai-Kanai-directed Rainbow Song. Aoi lent her voice to play Shiro in the animated film Tekkon Kinkreet, the adaptation to the Taiyō Matsumoto manga and White, directed by Michael Arias. During these years, she made commercials for Nintendo, Shiseido Cosmetics, Shueisha Publishing, Kirin Beverage and continued endorsing DoCoMo. Aoi released two photobooks with Yoko Takahashi as photographer, distributed by Rockin'on: Travel Sand in 2005 and Dandelion in 2007. In 2007, she participated in the live-action adaptation of the manga series Mushishi alongside Joe Odagiri, as well as WOWOW's Don't Laugh at My Romance, Welcome to the Quiet Room with Yuki Uchida, going back to the stage to play Desdemona in a rendition of Shakespeare's Othello.
For these last two roles, Aoi lost 7 kg for her role as Miki. Aoi began 2008 with the release of Don't Laugh at My Romance, which earned her a nomination as Best Supporting Actress at the Asian Film Awards 2009, she appeared in the experimental drama Camouflage, in which she collaborated with four different directors exploring the theme of lies. The series lasted for 12 episodes, included work with Ryō Kase, Yoichi Nukumizu, Shoko Ikezu, Nobuhiro Yamashita, Yuki Tanada. A couple of months NTV signed Aoi to play her first TV leading role as Handa Sen in the live-action adaptation of Shota Kikuchi's manga series Osen, which aired until the end of June with ten episodes. Next, Aoi released One Million Yen Girl written and directed by Camouflage director Yuki Tanada, released by WOWOW; this was her latest leading film role since Nirai Kanai in 2005. She participated in the Japanese World-War-II-jury-themed film Best Wishes for Tomorrow, as well as the international Tokyo! - a three-short-film collection by Michel Gondry, Leos Carax, Bong Joon Ho.
In 2009, The Ministry of Education, Sports and Technology of Japan named Yu Aoi Rookie of the Year in the field of Films in Media and Fine Arts, citing her work in her film debut in All About Lily Chou Chou, until her work in One Million Yen Girl. In June 2009, the film Ikechan and Me, a live-action adaptation of the picture book of the same name by Rieko Saibara, was released. In it she lends her voice to Ikechan, as well as playing supporting roles in Honokaa Boy and Yoji Yamada's Ototo, she starred in Ryūichi Hiroki's 2010 film The Lightning Tree. She has appeared in the films such as Vampire and Rurouni Kenshin, she appeared in Kiyoshi Kurosawa's 2012 television drama Penance. Aoi has won numerous awards, including the prestigious Japan Academy Prize for best supporting actress in 2007, for her portrayal of Kimiko Tanigawa in Hula Girls, for which she was critically acclaimed. During the same year, she received both the Blue Ribbon Award and the Yokohama Film Festival award for best actress, both for her performance in Hula Girls and her portrayal of Hagumi Hanamoto in the Honey and Clover live action movie.
She received the Hochi Film Award, the Kinema Junpo Award and the Mainichi Film Concours for best supporting actress for her performances in Hula Girls and Clover and Rainbow Song. She received the Nikkan Sports Film Award for best new talent for her performance in Hula Girls. Earlier, in 2005, she had won the Japanese Professional Movie Award for
A Bride for Rip Van Winkle
A Bride for Rip Van Winkle is a 2016 Japanese film and directed by Shunji Iwai, based on his novel of the same name. Haru Kuroki Gō Ayano Cocco Go Jibiki Hideko Hara Soko Wada Tomoko Mariya Akio Kaneda Lily After the film had its world premiere in Hong Kong on March 8, 2016, A Bride for Rip Van Winkle was released in Taiwan on March 11, 2016 and in Hong Kong on March 17, 2016, ahead of its release in Japan on March 26, 2016; the film was released in the United States on November 10, 2017A Bride for Rip Van Winkle was an official selection of numerous international film festivals: 2016 Seattle International Film Festival 2016 New York Asian Film Festival 2016 Shanghai International Film Festival 2016 Fantasia International Film Festival 2016 Tokyo International Film Festival 2016 Hawaii International Film Festival 2017 International Film Festival Rotterdam Two versions of A Bride for Rip Van Winkle were available for theatrical release, a 179-minute "director's cut" and a 119-minute theatrical version.
Only the longer version was released in Japan, while both versions were available selectively for international release. Both versions were released in Hong Kong, whereas only the director's cut was released in the United States; the film was broadcast as a four-and-a-half-hour, six-episode television series on the Japanese SKY PerfecTV! service's BS SKY PerfecTV! channel. While retaining the same story and plot, this television series is an alternate version of the film, with extensions for some scenes added and some scenes removed. Iwai prefers the longer theatrical version; the TV version, the longest, isn't perfect because it doesn't have a very important scene in the climax. You can only see that in the three-hour version." 2016 41st Hochi Film Award Gō Ayano - Best Supporting Actor 2017 31st Takasaki Film Festival Lily - Best Supporting Actress 2017 Kinema Junpo Best 10 Japanese Movies of 2016 2017 38th Yokohama Film Festival Best 10 Japanese Movies of 2016 2017 71st Mainichi Film Awards Haru Kuroki - Best Actress 59th Blue Ribbon AwardsBest Film Haru Kuroki - Best Actress Gō Ayano - Best Supporting Actor Shunji Iwai - Best Director 2017 40th Japan Academy Prize Haru Kuroki - Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role 2017 11th Asian Film AwardsHaru Kuroki - Best Actress Kyôko Heya - Best Production Design Official website Official website for television series A Bride for Rip Van Winkle on IMDb A Bride for Rip Van Winkle at AllMovie A Bride for Rip Van Winkle at Rotten Tomatoes A Bride for Rip Van Winkle at Metacritic
Oda Nobunaga was a powerful daimyō of Japan in the late 16th century who attempted to unify Japan during the late Sengoku period, gained control over most of Honshu. Nobunaga is regarded as one of three unifiers of Japan along with his retainers Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Tokugawa Ieyasu. During his life, Nobunaga was known for most brutal suppression of determined opponents, eliminating those who by principle refused to cooperate or yield to his demands, his reign was noted for innovative military tactics, fostering free trade, encouraging the start of the Momoyama historical art period. He was killed; the goal of national unification and a return to the comparative political stability of the earlier Muromachi period was shared by the multitude of autonomous daimyōs during the Sengoku period. Oda Nobunaga was the first for. Nobunaga had gained control over most of Honshu before his death during the 1582 Honnō-ji incident, a coup attempt executed by Nobunaga's vassal, Akechi Mitsuhide. Nobunaga was betrayed by his own retainers.
The motivation behind Mitsuhide's betrayal was never revealed to anyone who survived the incident, has been a subject of debate and conjecture since the incident. Following the incident, Mitsuhide declared himself master over Nobunaga's domains, but was defeated by Toyotomi Hideyoshi, who regained control of and expanded the Oda holdings. Nobunaga's successful subjugation of much of Honshu enabled the successes of his allies Hideyoshi and Tokugawa Ieyasu toward the goal of national unification by subjugating local daimyōs under a hereditary shogunate, accomplished in 1603 when Ieyasu was granted the title of shōgun by Emperor Go-Yōzei following the successful Sekigahara Campaign of 1600; the nature of the succession of power through the three daimyōs is reflected in a well-known Japanese idiom: "Nobunaga pounds the national rice cake, Hideyoshi kneads it, in the end, Ieyasu sits down and eats it." All three were born within eight years of each other, started their careers as samurai and finished them as statesmen.
Nobunaga inherited his father's domain at the age of 17, gained control of Owari province through gekokujo. Hideyoshi started his career in Nobunaga's army as an ashigaru, but rose up through the ranks as a samurai. Ieyasu fought against Nobunaga, but joined his army. Oda Nobunaga was born on June 23, 1534, in the Owari domain, was given the childhood name of Kippōshi, he was the second son of a deputy shugo with land holdings in Owari Province. He is said to have been born in Nagoya Castle. Through his childhood and early teenage years, he was well known for his bizarre behavior and received the name of Owari no Ōutsuke, he was known to run around with other youths from the area, without any regard to his own rank in society. With the introduction of firearms into Japan, however, he became known for his fondness of tanegashima firearms. In 1551, Oda Nobuhide died unexpectedly. Nobunaga was said to have acted outrageously during his funeral, throwing ceremonial incense at the altar. Hirate Masahide, a valuable mentor and retainer to Nobunaga, performed seppuku to startle Nobunaga into his obligations.
Although Nobunaga was Nobuhide's legitimate heir, some of the Oda clan were divided against him. Collecting about a thousand men, Nobunaga suppressed those members of his family who were hostile to his rule, including his younger brother, Oda Nobuyuki. In 1556, he destroyed a rival branch located in Kiyosu Castle. Although Nobuyuki and his supporters were still at large, Nobunaga took an army to Mino Province to aid Saitō Dōsan after Dōsan's son, Saitō Yoshitatsu, turned against him; the campaign failed, as Dōsan was killed in the Battle of Nagara-gawa, Yoshitatsu became the new master of Mino in 1556. In 1557, Nobunaga's brother, was defeated in the Siege of Suemori by Ikeda Nobuteru. In 1558, he protected Suzuki Shigeteru in the Siege of Terabe. By 1559, Nobunaga had eliminated all opposition within Owari Province. In 1560, Imagawa Yoshimoto gathered an army of 25,000 men and started his march toward Kyoto, with the pretext of aiding the frail Ashikaga shogunate; the Matsudaira clan of Mikawa Province joined Yoshimoto's forces.
Against this, the Oda clan could rally an army of only 2,000 to 3,000. Some of Nobunaga's advisers suggested "to stand a siege at Kiyosu". Nobunaga refused, stating that "only a strong offensive policy could make up for the superior numbers of the enemy", calmly ordered a counterattack. Nobunaga's scouts reported that Yoshimoto was resting at the narrow gorge of Dengaku-hazama, ideal for a surprise attack, that the Imagawa army was celebrating their victories while Yoshimoto viewed the heads. Nobunaga set up a position some distance away. An array of flags and dummy troops made of straw and spare helmets gave the impression of a large host, while the real Oda army hurried round in a rapid march to get behind Yoshimoto's camp; the heat gave way to a terrific thunderstorm. As the Imagawa samurai sheltered from the rain Nobunaga deployed his troops, when the storm ceased they charged down upon the enemy in the gorge, so that Yoshimoto thought a brawl had broken out among his men, only realizing it was an attack when two samurais charged up.
One aimed a spear at him, which Yoshimoto