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Samurai Reincarnation (1981)

Makai tenshô (original title)
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The villain is called Amakusa SHIRO Tokaisada. He is actually based on a real christian samurai. The movie was one of the inspirations for the game called 'Samurai Shodown' (actual spelling)

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Jubei Yagyu (as Sonny Chiba)
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Kirimaru Iga
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Koga Kunoichi
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Koga Ninja
Jun Hamamura ...
Shigesaemon
Hiroshi Inuzuka ...
Shugoro
Masataka Iwao ...
Yasui Tobei
Ai Kanzaki ...
Naoko Kubo ...
Noboru Matsuhashi ...
Noboru Mitani ...
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Hideo Murota ...
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After surviving the slaughter of many Christians 350 years ago, a samurai denounces God for ignoring the pleas of believers. He sells his soul to Satan and receives the power to resurrect the dead to join him in a murderous rampage. He is Shito: he brings to life a woman who was abused by her husband, two swordsmen who want to prove their skill, and a young man yearning for love. Shito leads them in attacks on people powerless in the face of such spirits. It's up to Jubei, the son of one of the resurrected swordsmen, to seek out a maker of swords who can fashion him with a weapon that will kill the undead. Showdowns loom. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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6 June 1981 (Japan)  »

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Muramasa: Master Jubei, if you encounter God, God will be cut. If you encounter an evil spirit then it will be cut. This... this is the greatest sword ever made by Muramasa
[Muramasa collaspes and dies]
Otsuu: Father... FATHER!
Jubei Yagyu: Truly a excellent blade. Muramasa, I am truly grateful.
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Follows Yagyû ichizoku no inbô (1978) See more »

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Subtitled version only!! One of Sonny's best!!
27 May 2000 | by (San Francisco, CA, USA) – See all my reviews

I would like to preface my review by saying that I am reviewing the Canadian (subtitled) version of Makai Tensho, NOT the sacreligious, crap-dubbed, bargain basement version, recently released. The subtitled version is probably out-of-print by now, but if you can find it, it has Sonny Chiba as Jubei on the cover (the new dubbed version has Sonny incorrectly portrayed as Iba from Shogun's Shadow on the front).....Now for the review....We have many of the heavy hitters from the famed Japan Action Club in this movie: Sonny Chiba, reprising his role as Yagyu Jubei from "The Yagyu Conspiracy", Ken Ogata (Shogun's Shadow) as Musashi, Henry Sanada, Tomisaburo Wakayama (Lone Wolf and Cub) as Yagyu Tajima, and many other noted actors. Incredible fight scenes (the flaming castle at the end---damn!), mystical script (Christians vs. the Shogunate), moody soundtrack, and an "interesting" scene with Sanada...they all make for a truly classic chambara epic. Whenever Sonny grabs that cool hat, eyepatch and a sword, you know it's quality. GET THE SUBTITLED VERSION!!! Watch it the way it was meant to be watched (or go to Japan, get an original tape and make a fansub!) ----Master Yagyu


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