The story of Zipang is basically the same as that of the movie The Final Countdown, only with a few twists. The Japanese AEGIS Destroyer "Mirai" of the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force ... See full summary »
George N. Cahill III,
An aging silent film actress hires a private eye and his wacky but helpful assistant to track down her missing daughter, Bellflower. The two follow a succession of bizarre, obscure clues, ... See full summary »
Jigoku's swords are numbered 1-9, but you don't get to see all of them, in order of use they are... sword no 7 - 17 kills (long samurai sword) sword no.6 - 12 kills (2 daggers in single scabbard) sword no.5 - 12 kills (long handle short sword that fires blade) sword no.4 - 22 kills (sword with scabbard that attaches to handle) sword no.3 - 1 kill (long very flexible sword) sword no.1 - 52 kills (very long samurai sword) sword number 9 - 1 kill (Large curved, wide bladed scimitar) another sword of his is seen, a large samurai sword with a spinning top on the hilt. Jigoku kills 146 people throughout the movie. See more »
Like a lot of Japanese films I've been seeing of late, ZIPANG is set in ancient Japan, but seems to take what can only be called a "groovy" perspective on the whole thing. ZIPANG may look like a period film, but its many clever gadgets and other modern devices that appear certainly says otherwise.
The movie itself has a convoluted plot that's better left to the viewer to discover. Recapping the story in a few sentences seems impossible, not because it's so complex, but because it's so silly and pointless.
Still, ZIPANG is a good way to past the time. It's certainly no better than say RED SHADOW.
5 out of 10
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