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Samurai Showdown: The Motion Picture
Samurai Showdown The Motion Picture
Director: Hiroshi Ishiodori
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Anime & Manga, Animation
UR     2003     1hr 20min

One hundred years after their deaths, six legendary holy warriors are reborn to seek justice against the former comrade who betrayed them into the hands of an evil god! The six warriors search the feudal province of Edo ...  more »


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Director: Hiroshi Ishiodori
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Anime & Manga, Animation
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Anime & Manga, Animation
Studio: Adv Films
Format: DVD - Color - Animated
DVD Release Date: 03/04/2003
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 20min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English, Japanese

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Movie Reviews

Kalika | Canada | 07/23/2004
(1 out of 5 stars)

"To put it simply, this is a bad, bad movie, an example of what happens when you try to make a video game into a movie. The animation is badly done, the voice acting sub-par --the voices don't even match the characters very well -- and the frequent action sequences are retro to the extreme and just don't look good.... I'm sorry to everyone who liked this film, but I love all anime, and I couldn't get halfway through this one. Avoid this movie at all costs."
Samurai Showdown is a Let Down!
ninjitsu | Atlanta, GA USA | 07/28/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)

"I am a pretty big anime fan and I am not quick to judge, but this is definetly not on my top ten list. I rented it having high hopes, but I ended up wishing that I hadn't stayed up to watch it. Fans of the videogame have probably already seen it, so if your just a person looking for a good anime to watch, find something else. It looked like it might be good at first, but the plot never went that far, and everything had a kinda vague feeling to it. It had 2 or 3 good fight scenes, and a little bit of humor, but that's about it. I would not recommend buying it, but it might be worth renting. If you want a good videogame anime, try the Dark Stalkers series."
Video-game-based anime at its worst.
solarnight | usa | 06/20/2001
(2 out of 5 stars)

"Simply put, Samurai Shodown is a below average action anime with average dubbing and average art. It is fighting game anime that takes the story from the game and does pretty much nothing with it. Buuuut, that doesn't mean it doesn't have its good parts. In fact, there is a pretty good dose of drama at the scene that occurs after the part when Haohmaru defeats Earthquake, and it's done very well in the dub. Speaking of dubbing, Haohmaru's voice is great (thank goodness, he's the main character), but supporting roles, uh, suck. Galford shows about as much emotion as Amakusa (which is null, by the way), Hanzo's voice is too deep for its own good, and Gen-An is just plain funny. The action scenes in this movie are flat out average. The one thing that almost redeemed the entire movie was the ultra-cool ending theme (not the English credits. Stick around until the Japanese credits roll). Not only does it show additional characters and awesome fight scenes that weren't in the movie (weird), but the nice ending theme, sung in Japanese, is subtitled, with pronunciations! Anyway, if you don't mind a generic plot and want a bit of action, give it a rent."
Personally, I think this is a great movie...
Nakoruru | Mississauga, Ontario Canada | 05/31/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Okay, I will admit, I only figured out that Amakusa was a guy when I watched it the second time around. But tell me, what good anime DOESN'T have some kind of cross-dresser in it?! Anyway, the animation is nice- really clear and bright. And i just love the characters, especially Nakoruru and her hawk! (Ever played Samurai Shodown 2 for NeoGeo Pocket? She looks ADORABLE super-deformed!!)"