Two friends are overcome with the spirit of the samurai warrior after unearthing a pair of mythical swords in this over-the-top action effort directed by freshman filmmaker Aaron Yamasato ...
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When the wife of the Shogun's Decapitator is murdered and he is ordered to commit suicide by the paranoid Shogun, he and his four-year-old son escape and become assassins for hire, embarking on a journey of blood and violent death.
Two friends are overcome with the spirit of the samurai warrior after unearthing a pair of mythical swords in this over-the-top action effort directed by freshman filmmaker Aaron Yamasato and featuring special makeup effects by Screaming Mad George. Written by
The good: action. lots of action. all the fighters in the film with the exception of maybe the tracker and the girls were apparently real martial artists. while they did take a few shortcuts for safety reasons, overall, the fighting was better than say a van damme movie.
the bad: the non-fighting action scenes, such as the motorcycle ride, were too long. it seemed to me that somebody was really proud to have a sporty-looking motorcycle and wanted to feature it prominently in the film, which imho, hurt the film tremendously. There are many places where "cool equipment" figures prominently in various slow-mo scenes, which is distracting when the equipment is not cool to begin with, but can be purchased from a store rather than custom-made.
the ugly: the dialogue. while bad writing is almost normal these days, it was also paired with bad delivery, particularly from the two main characters. on top of this, the budget was also too low for decent sound work. the voices tend to sound tinny and far away. i think they weren't able to use a sound stage, which, given the budget, is forgivable. but, having bad lines, bad delivery and making it hard to hear is unforgivable.
Overall, since I am proud of the fact that a hawaii production got the attention it did, and that it was able to attract enough funding from this film for a 6 episode run on local cable, I wish there was more to offer here than just local pride.
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