Zatoichi tries to unrest the mob rule over a small village all while the gang leader's bodyguard is actually the Yojimbo, secretly taking the gang down from the inside. Will the two heroes realize in time that they are on the same side?
Intertwined tales of three families who grow up on the same street, focusing on the relationship of fathers and sons. The first section features Anthony and Jenny and traces the father-son ... See full summary »
Legendary comedian D.L. Hughley takes the stage at the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco for his new hilarious stand up special, Clear. In this uproarious performance, Hughley riffs on ... See full summary »
Salvo is a body guard and hit man for a mafioso. After foiling an attack on his employer, Salvo hunts down the man who organised it and encounters the man's blind sister. She causes Salvo to question himself and his existence.
Luigi Lo Cascio,
We Are Kings is a rock and roll/blues fable, a group of down and out musicians breaks through against all odds, with a little help from a friendly ghost. Starring Sammy Blue, Rita Graham, ... See full summary »
The story of Sanshiro Sugata, a young man who wants to learn the new art of judo. A wise teacher reveals to Sanshiro that judo is not merely a means of combat nor a demonstration of ... See full summary »
Maïna is the daughter of the Innu leader Mishtenapuu, who attends a bloody confrontation between his clan and the clan of "Men of the Land Without Trees." Following this confrontation, ... See full summary »
NInjas, Pirates, Ronin and a Delivery Service - What more could you ask for?
Before "Samurai Assassin", "Sword of Doom" or "Kill!", director Okamoto helms this light hearted actioner that has just about every element from other chambara movies. Well photographed and meticulously planned, it's an impressive genre film.
The film opens with action as the Iga ninja chase and attack a lone young man who turns out to be another Iga ninja but has quit the clan in search of a moral life. The young man defeats the ninja including the feared leader. Observing the fight is a wandering ronin who befriends the young man noting that while the man is a good fighter, he's ignorant of the ways of the world. Almost immediately they are greeted by an odd stranger who claims he will soon become the ruler of Japan. The stranger convinces them to join a passing armed delivery service headed by a young woman who's a short sword expert. And so it starts, complete with political intrigue, a stolen shipment of rifles, a ruthless pirate gang commanded by a beautiful princess and the return of the Iga ninja who have vowed to kill the young man.
The film is very brisk and Okamoto's direction is stylish and experimental, especially in the editing. Shot in clear black and white and with a jazzy, quirky score by Masaru Sato, the film is a lot of fun despite the rather standard storyline.
The fight scenes are extremely well shot with careful camera placement and sharp editing taking place of actual movement from the actors. Believe me, I'd rather see actors who can actually do the moves but here is an example of how to shoot a fight when the actors may not be the best. It works really well.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?