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Samouraïs (2002)

R | | Action | 19 June 2002 (France)
Half a century ago, a Japanese family summoned a demon known as Kodeni to dispose of its adversaries. Once the killing was done, the family was cursed. Now, Tokyo Police Inspector Fujiwara ... See full summary »

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Cyril Mourali ...
Marco
Maï Anh Le ...
Akemi
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Commissaire Fujiwara Morio
Saïd Serrari ...
Nadir
Santi Sudaros ...
Kodeni
Dara-Indo Oum ...
Nakatomi
Kevin Peracini ...
Leo
Hidetoshi Nakahashi ...
Le Samourai
Yusuke Hirayama ...
Inspecteur Endo
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Nabil
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Tyson
Onochi Seietsu ...
Police Scientifique
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Fille du Samourai (as Tsuyu Bridwell)
Ravindra Ngo ...
Kenji-X
Masahiro Endo ...
Jeune Policier
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Half a century ago, a Japanese family summoned a demon known as Kodeni to dispose of its adversaries. Once the killing was done, the family was cursed. Now, Tokyo Police Inspector Fujiwara is investigating the murder of a video game designer. The investigation leads him to a frightening discovery - the same lethal demon is about to be reborn. Fujiwara must travel to Paris and kill this unborn child who is the reincarnation of Kodeni and who threatens to destroy the world. Written by Trey Evans

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23 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I didn't know until now that countries like Spain and, or France were capable of making things like Samourais. I understand America's obsessive impulse to rent movies that are hilariously terrible, but I didn't know that Europeans are answering our demands. I'm not saying all foreign films are great, but for the larger majority of what we absorb in foreign cinema, American audiences usually get the upper rung.

However, Samourais seems to be the product of a massive delusion on the part of the director, writer, etc. I don't know how money gets spent on things like this. If movies are meant to incur a profit, Samourais' net gain must have earned the director a sandwich.

If I wanted to see a film that included scenes with insipid lackeys working at a video store,transmute into what's supposed to be ancient warriors/demons coming back from the past to battle, I. . .well, to tell you the truth, I don't know why I would ever watch something like this. I find that actually reading about Japanese mythology or renting Kurosawa films much more enterprising. Why spend money on something with clunky cumbersome dialog as it is? Especially considering that the dubbed features only convey that the French/Spanish dialog is bad in itself ! The worst is the action sequences- Historically, most martial arts films puts characters into the perspective that they are warriors fighting against impossible odds, however, this film mutates that concept horribly. The fighting sequences are just as awkward and clunky as the dialog, and they lack the fluid execution and limits that most martial arts movies are actually implicative of. This movie seems like it was made by someone who failed a course in metaphysics in college.

The only thing good about this movie is the repulsive french rap during the credits.


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