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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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Credited cast:
... Jubei Yagyu (as Sonny Chiba)
Kenji Sawada ... Shiro Amakusa
Akiko Kana ... Hosokawa Gracia
Ken Ogata ... Musashi Miyamoto
... Kirimaru Iga
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yûko Asuka ... Koga Kunoichi
... Koga Ninja
Jun Hamamura ... Shigesaemon
Hiroshi Inuzuka ... Shugoro
Masataka Iwao ... Yasui Tobei
Ai Kanzaki ... Otsuu
Naoko Kubo ... Yajima no tsubone
Noboru Matsuhashi ... Ietsuna Tokugawa
Noboru Mitani ... Monk
Hideo Murota ... Priest Inshun Hozoin
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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 The Shogun's Samurai (1978) See more »

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Great fun for any Samurai movie enthusiast.
6 November 2005 | by See all my reviews

While Makai Tensho cannot be mistaken for masterpiece film-making, it is definitely a fun-ride for those in love with Samurai movies. The cast is filled with a veritable who's-who of Japanese cinema, including such luminaries as Ken Ogata, Soony Chiba, Tetsuro Tamba. It is also very gratifying to see the venerable Tomisaburo Wakayama (star of the 70's epic Lone Wolf and Cub series), still slicing and dicing with the best of them.

The film has some incredible action set pieces, including a stunning showdown in a burning castle. Some of the effects and costumes are a little over-the-top, but the actors seem to be having so much fun, and the direction is so fast paced, that you just can't help but be swept up into the pulp fantasy. Makai Tensho is a gem in modern samurai films.


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