Nemuri Kyoshiro, a youthful and cynical ronin with unparalleled skill, is approached by both sides in a game of corruption, ambition, and double crosses. The leader of the Kaga clan, who ... See full summary »
The film begins when the legendary swordsman Miyamoto Musashi is still named Shinmen Takezo. After being on the losing side of the Battle of Sekigahara, Takezo and his friend manage to escape and come across a young woman and her mother.
Manji, a highly skilled samurai, becomes cursed with immortality after a legendary battle. Haunted by the brutal murder of his sister, Manji knows that only fighting evil will regain his soul. He promises to help a young girl named Rin avenge her parents, who were killed by a group of master swordsmen led by ruthless warrior Anotsu. The mission will change Manji in ways he could never imagine - ... See full summary »
The "Crimson Bat" series was Shochiku's attempt to compete with Daie's popular "Zatoichi" film's. Zatoichi, the blind swordsman is even directly parodied in this entry, (a blind massuer stumbles down the street and the bad guys kick him in the butt). Oichi is also blind but her motivation revolves a bit more around revenge. The production values and that fact that the version I saw was dubbed gave this film a real "Shaw Brothers" feel. It was kind of like watching a japanese "Dirty Ho" or "Five Venoms". Not fabulous, but entertaining.
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