Veritas Veritatis | 03/14/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"What is not to like about this movie?
I bought it on a whim because it was in a
bargain bin and it had Sonny Chiba's name on it.
Boy am I glad that I did!
The sets and costumes are wonderful and the plot is great.
Oh yeah, there are great martial arts battles, too.
There is a clan of undead sorcerers, who are nasty indeed,
on a vendetta and the princess they seek is their last remaining
target, but she is protected by a gathering group of eight guards,
identified by their possession of eight magical crystals,
whose destiny it is to save the princess.
Being an admirer of illuminated manuscript, I really enjoyed
the plot being explained in part by a scroll with beautiful
This is far and away superior to most fantasy films
and if you have any interest in martial arts, Japanese
or fantasy cinema, you will not want to miss this one.
Fantasy Samurai film
J. Y. TRASMONTE | S.F. Bay Area | 01/29/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The film is not the typical samurai flick but instead it is a fantasy samurai, vampire-gore film. The legend of the eight samurai is a story about the satomi clan being cursed by evil. The evil is after the surviving satomi's clan princess to consume the princess skin so that they can enhance their beauty and offer the princess blood to their master. The princess only hope are the eight samurai who in karma each behold a magic ball crystal from the princess fukei hundred years ago. Each of the eight samurai came from adversity through either isolation, loneliness, and lose. Soon their life change when they found out that their hope and destiny lies on the princess.
The storyline is oustanding with great cast deliviring a solid performance. In addition, the special effect is great for its time. There is a quote on the back cover of the dvd that says "The Star Wars of Samurai Films" and indeed it is.
Adness provide us with high quality release of the film that made the original american version a waste of a classic film.
Grade: B+ Highly recommended!