The Bamboo Sword

Commissioned book trailer for The Bamboo Sword, a young adult novel by Margi Preus published by Abrams / Amulet Books.

The Bamboo Sword is a companion book to the Newbery Honor winning Heart of a Samurai, by Margi Preus. In The Bamboo Sword, Commodore Perry and his American ships steam into the forbidden waters of mid-19th-century Japan. Outsiders are not allowed to enter the country, and Japan’s samurai prepare for war. Thirteen-year-old Yoshi longs to join the fight to expel the hairy barbarians, but as a lowly servant, he is not permitted to become a samurai or carry a sword. Against all odds, Yoshi finds himself wielding a sword in a way that will change his life forever. Read more about books by Margi Preus here:

The Bamboo Sword Book Trailer Credits:

Typography and Lettering: David Short
Digital Art and Video: Joellyn Rock and Dan Fitzpatrick
Taiko Drum Music: “Yorokobi ” by Hiroshi Koshiyama
Video Performances: Yoko Nakajima and Aidan Fitzpatrick
Swordplay consultant: Ry Nakajima
Story by Margi Preus

Special Thanks to the Motion and Media Across Disciplines Lab at University of Minnesota Duluth

Historical Images from the book, The Bamboo Sword
Abrams / Amulet Books