- Feb 29
- SAMURAI WARRIOR: Review
- Posted by Deljhp - 29/02/12 at 06:15 PM
Director: Kenichiro Nishiumi. Review: Adam Wing.
It’s that time of the month again. Don’t panic though; Seiji Chiba has nothing to do with this latest samurai offering, though perhaps on the surface, you’ll be forgiven for thinking he has. It’s the latest in a long line of action movies released by MVM, known for mercilessly short running times and occasional moments of grandeur. Thankfully though, Samurai Warrior has a little more to offer than cave dwellings, tiresome exposition and low production values. Samurai Warrior is a coming of age drama, a love story and an action movie rolled into one – though that might be stretching it a little. It’s the latest release from maverick director Kenichiro Nishiumi - who has worked alongside the legend that is Takashi Miike - starring Yuma Ishigaki (13 Assassins) & Suzunosuke (Suicide Club).
Three friends masquerade as Samurai warriors and hold the peace in Kinugasa Village despite daily battles with likeminded villagers and rogue bandits. They use wooden swords and long to lose their virginities, but when it comes to living life they still have a lot to learn. Ryu is the son of a farmer and dreams of becoming a samurai warrior to make a name for himself. His mother isn’t so keen on the idea; it was the same dream that led to his father’s death, leaving her to raise her wayward son on her own. He ignores his agricultural chores and trains himself in the art of swordsmanship instead. Ryu believes that by exchanging his wooden sword for a real one, he will one day become a man...Continue review here.
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