- Actors: Tak Sakaguchi, Takamasa Suga, Kentaro Seagal, Yûki Takeuchi, Ben Hiura
- Directors: Alexander Von David, Yûji Shimomura
- Writers: Alexander Von David, Yûji Shimomura, Jun'ya Katô, Seiji Chiba, Shinichi Fujita
- Producers: Eric P. Sherman
- Format: Color, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Subtitled, NTSC
- Language: Japanese
- Subtitles: English
- Dubbed: English
- Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
- Number of discs: 1
- MPAA Rating:
- Studio: Media Blasters
- Release Date: March 22 2011
- Run Time: 89 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- ASIN: B000EWBNYQ
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #113,529 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
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In an unknown place and unknown time, a master Samurai known only by the name of Grave (Tak Sakaguchi) searches for the ultimate battle. Never showing fear for any fight, Grave is the one and only swordsman able to steal the mysterious and legendary coffin from the holy Tougan Temple. In this world without reason, a young girl from the temple grounds follows Grave and the coffin whereever they may go. And so begins the deadly race to re-capture the coffin and its hidden power from Grave for good or evil.
Top Customer Reviews
The film has interesting characters, including a guy with big hair and a gun, a six shooter that shoots nine bullets and there is a shotgun thing with an infinite number of bullets. The coffin is dragged along the ground by chains, although there are wheels as we see in one scene which has a motorcycle. The fighting was anything but martial arts and utilized a metal sound track. The forest had interesting men that were zombie, vampire, spider.
It was an interesting fantasy film, young gamers might like.
Guide: No f-bombs, sex, or nudity.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com
The movie is highly decorative visually, with an impressive amount of action, although the action is, for the most part, bloodless. The plot is thin at the "tactical" level, though more robust at the "strategic" level -- but is still not a complex story. This movie is to be watched and enjoyed.
I found it interesting to see the reviews pointing out the lead actor is the same from the movie "Versus". I hadn't realized that, but that was another movie I really enjoyed, so if you find you like this one, definitely follow up with watching that.
The story: a mysterious coffin containing the body of the goddess of destruction and said to grant any wish to whomever opens it is stolen from a temple and subsequently sought after by four individuals - a warrior addicted to combat (Sakaguchi), a monk tasked with returning the artifact to its temple (Takamasa Suga, Cromartie High - The Movie), a bazooka-wielding rogue (Kentaro Seagal, Seamless), and a mysterious swordswoman (Yuki Takeuchi).
Not unlike most Japanese movies I've seen, the film's stellar art direction catches your eye at once. Excellent visuals and intriguing costumes (sort of Seven Swords meets Silent Hill) make the very most of whatever budget the picture had. CGI isn't an integral part of the imagery and doesn't really become abundant until the last fifteen minutes or so, so it's all the more impressive that just about everything you see onscreen was captured on-location and not post-productioned. The characters inside these CGI-free costumes and visuals, however, aren't necessarily as compelling: with the exception of the monk, just about all of the main characters are kept a bit too enigmatic for my taste, since it's difficult to like or dislike anybody based on their actions when you don't know what their motivations are. Nevertheless, the parts are played well and the casting's admirable; practically genius when considering that the film has Kentaro Seagal - son of Steven - finally making his action movie debut after two mostly bad drama pictures.
This action content is comprised overwhelmingly of martial arts and general beat-'em-ups, with a bit of swordfighting and gunplay thrown in at key moments. Tak Sakaguchi really shines as the star of most of these; his legitimately aggressive hand-to-hand fights are like grounded versions of Jet Li's in Unleashed, featuring rapid-fire handwork and painful-looking kicks to the head. Kentaro Seagal and Yuki Takeuchi get to show off with their respective weapons (Seagal wields katana, revolvers, and a bazooka in a single fight) but don't demonstrate too much martial artistry and have fewer brawls than ol' Tak. Between the three of them, they engage a load of interesting villains, including a swordsman wielding a blade stolen from Final Fantasy VII, a capoeira fighter with razor spurs attached to his feet, and a gaggle of spider-like vampires climbing webs of bandages. The general choreography is a bit less inventive than your average Hong Kong or Thai actioneer, but all of the fights are presented without much editing or an overabundance of wirework and appealing camera angles.
I'd be lying if I said that I understood the plot completely, especially the ending, but the ambiguity isn't maddening and a lot of the film's weirdness (e.g. the little girl following the coffin, the hooded zombie characters) is neat and interesting enough on its own without an explanation necessary. Though I'll definitely need a second viewing to figure out why Tak Sakaguchi is eventually able to unsheathe the monk's sword, this movie doesn't need to be mapped out to be enjoyed. Check it out, action/fantasy fans.
On a plot scale it rates about a 3 out of 5, but the action scenes, the tributes to Versus and the great camera angles and zooms dedicated to continually making TAK look great, are enough to call this movie a keeper. It's FUNNY, FAST, and Tak introduces his stunt team "ZERO" (meaning zero casualties) who basically, don't pull their punches when they work. So talk about a huge touch of realism to any action movie, when the star and his stunt people are really hitting each other! It's just a really FUN and entertaining movie. And with the way they end it, you are left wanting MORE!
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