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8 items from 2008


Tak Sakaguchi's Samurai Zombie Trailer & Art

18 December 2008 1:29 AM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Could this be the next splatter masterpiece to find its way out of Japan? Maybe we won’t go that far, but Samurai Zombie certainly looks like it’s got a hell of a lot going for it, not the least of which being that is was directed by Versus star and all around badass Tak Sakaguchi.

The film follows a family on vacation who are threatened by a man with a gun. As the family is being terrorized, a couple shows up out of nowhere, kills the man, then disappears again. Soon after an old woman shows up to warn them of impending death, and before they know it, they’re hip-deep in samurai zombies who are more apt to cut you in half than bite.

Twitch Film now has the film’s trailer ready for your consumption. If its low-budget look bugs you, just know that with Tak »

- Johnny Butane

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It’s raining blood in the trailer for Tak Sakaguchi’s Samurai Zombie!

17 December 2008 6:19 PM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Goody. It is time once again for copious amounts of blood to rain down from the sky above. Here we have the trailer for Tak Sakaguchi’s Samurai Zombie, his second foray into film direction. It is of no concern to us that it is obviously a low budgeted affair it certainly does make up for it with dismemberment and blood letting.

This Japanese low-budget action drama follows a family on a trip that encounters a man threatening them with a gun on a desolate mountain trail. At a moment of maximum tension, a couple shows up out of nowhere, kills the man and disappears again, and shortly after a lunatic old lady comes and warns them of death. The frightened family is headed for a showdown for no reason with samurai zombies resurrected from their graves.

Samurai Zombie is a so-called fusion-style film that has established itself as a trend. »

- Mack

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Trailer for Tak Sakaguchi's Yoroi: The Samurai Zombie

17 December 2008 12:45 PM, PST | QuietEarth.us | See recent QuietEarth news »

Finally some footage for Tak's second feature length film and this one has samurai zombies!

A family on a trip encounters a man threatening them with a gun on a desolate mountain trail. At a moment of maximum tension, a couple shows up out of nowhere, kill the man and disappears again. Shortly after a lunatic old lady comes and warns them of their impending death. The frightened family is headed for a showdown with Samurai Zombies resurrected from their graves.

Trailer after the break. Special thanks to our friend The Gomorrahizer.

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Frist footage from martial arts horror comedy Samurai Zombie

21 November 2008 7:50 AM, PST | QuietEarth.us | See recent QuietEarth news »

Those Asian experts over at 24fps have found the first footage for Tak Sakaguchi's upcoming horror/action flick Samurai Zombie and, while quite wacky, it still manages to impress with some great character acting and well choreographed sword play.

A family on a trip encounters a man threatening them with a gun on a desolate mountain trail. At a moment of maximum tension, a couple shows up out of nowhere, kill the man and disappears again. Shortly after a lunatic old lady comes and warns them of their impending death. The frightened family is headed for a showdown with Samurai Zombies resurrected from their graves.

Here's the deal though. The footage was presented as part of a press conference with the cast and crew so if you can't speak Japanese or you start to tire of the cast's awesome hairdos, you may want to fast forward to about 5:30 and watch the 4 short clips. »

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Fresh poster for Tak Sakaguchi’s Samurai Zombie (Yoroi)

5 November 2008 3:24 PM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Well, would you look at this. That there is the new poster for Tak Sakaguchi’s upcoming Samurai Zombie. We’re fans of Tak, that much should be obvious to regular readers. He is a regular presence amongst lo-budget productions in Japan which doesn’t mean that he isn’t damn impressive or entertaining. He is both. In spades. And so it came as no surprise that this regular on the Japanese action film circuit would start to helm his own films. With Be A Man! Samurai School! already under his belt we are eager to see what he can come up with in Samurai Zombie. It stars comedian Yakkun Sakurazuka, Nana Natsume [Sasori], Keiko Oginome, Issei Ishida, Mitsuru Fukikoshi [Samurai Fiction, Stereo Future and The Twilight Samurai], and Kyôsuke Yabe [Crows Zero and Crows Zero II].

This Japanese low-budget action drama follows a family on a trip that encounters a man threatening them with a gun on a desolate mountain trail. At a moment of maximum tension, »

- Mack

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Asian Cinema Scene: Spooky 'Kala,' Insane 'Muay Thai Chaiya'

24 August 2008 11:03 AM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Filed under: Action, Drama, Foreign Language, Independent, Noir, Mystery & Suspense, Festival Reports, Other Festivals, Cinematical Indie

The Asian Film Festival of Dallas wrapped up last week with actor/action choreographer Tak Sakaguchi (Versus) in attendance to screen his directing debut, Be a Man! Samurai School. Unfortunately, I missed that night, but two films that screened earlier in the fest stood out for their unique visions.

Indonesian movies are hard to come by in the Us, so I confess my total ignorance about the country and its cinema. Is Kala (Aka Dead Time) representative in any way? I don't know, but I very much liked its mix of dramatic mystery and supernatural lore. Director Joko Anwar has a great eye for composition -- he's really good with looming shadows -- and harbors no fear of traveling down well-trodden paths before adding his own odd twists. The film doesn't completely hang together in the narrative sense, »

- Peter Martin

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Twitch Checks In With Tak Sakguchi

21 August 2008 7:45 AM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Tak Sakaguchi has been a busy man in 2008. In addition to choreographing fights for Tokyo Gore Police and serving as action director for High School Girl Rika: Zombie Hunter, he directed two features this year: Be a Man! Samurai School and Samurai Zombie (Yoroi) . Twitch sat down with him in Dallas, Texas on Wednesday, August 20, 2008 in order to gain some insight into his current and future projects.  The discussion, which was conducted with translation assistance by Chiho Mori, focused on his most recent output, including United Red Army, Samurai Zombie (Yoroi), and the rumored Versus sequel. He also provided some information about a new project he has in development. As usual, details are contained beneath the fold.

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- Rodney Perkins

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Exclusive Demo Reel for Tak Sakaguchi’s Zero’s Action Team

20 August 2008 10:22 PM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

The Asian Film Festival of Dallas (Affd) concludes on Thursday, August 21, 2008 with a screening of Tak Sakaguchi’s directorial debut Be A Man! Samurai School. Sakaguchi is the festival’s 2008 special guest, and has flown into Dallas, Texas exclusively for the screening. Tak kindly provided us with the latest demo reel for his Zero’s action team, which is to say the least, completely on fire.  Anyone even reasonably close to the Dallas area should seriously consider making the screening as Sakaguchi has brought Isao Karasawa, who is one of his lead stuntmen, and there will be a live demonstration before the event. The demo reel is contained beneath the fold. 

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- Rodney Perkins

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