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On a planet where humans must scavenge the post-apocalyptic barren wasteland, Hirokin, a reluctant samurai with a dark past sets off on a mission to fulfill his destiny. Having fought to the death to save his wife and son from the planet's evil dictator, Griffin, and his elite army of warriors, the lone samurai is left for dead in the vast desert. Armed with his samurai blade Hirokin is forced to choose between avenging the murder of his family and fighting for the freedom of his people. As he goes into war he'll discover a shocking revelation about his family leaving revenge running through his veins. Written by
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There are two different versions of the opening scroll at the beginning of the film. In the original theatrical version, the scroll reads: "Planet Aradius. The Arid people, believers of the Wei, have been enslaved and oppressed by humans for over a millennium. In recent years, the planet's declining population has become plagued by infertility. The ruthless viceroy - The Griffin - has begun an unyielding campaign to find and kill the Arid rebel leader - Moss - who speaks of rebellion". But in other versions of the film in other countries, the opening scroll is different and it reads: "Humankind came to the planet Aradius to trade for the mineral "Aradium" - a mineral ore that allows massive metal objects to float. When the Aradium was all but depleted, most of the humans abandoned Aradius - leaving behind refuse, disease and infertility. The Arid people, distinguished by veins on the palm of their hands, found themselves under the oppressive rule of a human viceroy known as "The Griffin". Their only hope: an Arid leader named "Moss" who calls for a rebellion that could finally free Aradius from the tyrant." See more »
This movie reminds me of John Carter; a very poor version of it.
LET'S TALK ABOUT THE BAD THINGS: First, I'd like to point out that the title is misleading - there are no Samurais in the film including the character "Hirokin". Most of the swordsmanship in the film were from Kendo, not Kenjutsu. Second, all CGI were obvious and some were even incomplete. There was even a shot of a floating ship where the top was not aligned with the screen's edge. I know the film is low-budget so I can't fault them for that but alignment should be simple enough and free of charge. Third, there were some "comedic" scenes that were out of place and should've just been excluded from the film - they were probably from "The Lord of the Rings". Fourth, the outline of the story is common and the plot is too narrow to be worthy of being a great film; they could have done so much better in ALL areas. Finally, some dialogs were amateurish and the set extras/actors were not properly directed; in some scenes, they were simply all over the place.
NOW, THE GOOD THINGS: The locations were amazing except the viceroy's base. The main stars' acting were excellent. I could spot that some of their dialogs were improvised from whatever was originally on the script. The framing and scene composition were all good and professional and the lighting was superb.
CONCLUSION: It's a good watch when there's nothing better lying around.
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