A business man and a girls high-school field trip accidentally awake the defeated samurai warriors of Yamagata who return to the village of Oshakabe as Zombies to take revenge against the ...
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A business man and a girls high-school field trip accidentally awake the defeated samurai warriors of Yamagata who return to the village of Oshakabe as Zombies to take revenge against the descendants of the town folk who double crossed them and thus fulfill their ancient curse. The greedy businessman and the mayor of the town want to turn the site of the shrines into a money making scheme replete with spa hotels and theme parks. Our school girl hero Mikayo and her class mates must use all their courage and resourcefulness to defeat the samurai zombies. With the help of Mikayo's mobile phone and the local barber turned shrine tender they battle the zombies and restore order to the town.
At almost two hours, it's too long, but this wacky, haphazard Japanese low-budget supernatural comedy had its charms. The story follows that of zombie samurai warriors fulfilling their ancient curse by returning to a small rural village to take revenge against the descendants who double crossed them. It's up to a couple of high-school girls on a history field trip, the weak-minded local hairdresser and his not-all-there grandmother to save the town.
There's so much occurring on screen in this interactive field-trip lesson that it's far from dull with its stooge-like slapstick humor (e.g. three deadpan zombie warriors hitching a ride), eccentric characters come and go with a fashion style matching their oddness and gleefully comic violence (e.g. town's folk getting turned into blue pasty ghouls after a samurai zombie goes around vomiting projectile blue liquid). Just expect more in the way of kookiness with a happy shiny facade, than gonzo special effects (although there is minor laser action) and over-the-top gore. Actually there's hardly any, aside from couple moments of blood spurts and a decapitated head. No biggie, at least we do get a schoolgirl with a mini chainsaw go against a zombie warrior with a samurai sword. Everything going on really does revolve around the vibrant and spontaneous interactions, even taking some time to develop its central characters early on.
Don't know if it was intentional or not, as it felt like there were a couple of visual nods to horror films like "Evil Dead 2" and "Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)". Or maybe I'm just seeing something that's not there?
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