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Samurai Reincarnation (1981)

Makai tenshô (original title)
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The villain is called Amakusa Shiro Tokaisada. He is actually based on a real christian samurai. The movie was one of the inspirations for the game called 'Samurai Shodown' (actual spelling)

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Kinji Fukasaku
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Credited cast:
Shin'ichi Chiba ... Jubei Yagyu (as Sonny Chiba)
Kenji Sawada ... Shiro Amakusa
Akiko Kana Akiko Kana ... Hosokawa Gracia
Ken Ogata ... Musashi Miyamoto
Hiroyuki Sanada ... Kirimaru Iga
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yûko Asuka Yûko Asuka ... Koga Kunoichi
Seizô Fukumoto ... Koga Ninja
Jun Hamamura ... Shigesaemon
Hiroshi Inuzuka Hiroshi Inuzuka ... Shugoro
Masataka Iwao Masataka Iwao ... Yasui Tobei
Ai Kanzaki Ai Kanzaki ... Otsuu
Naoko Kubo ... Yajima no tsubone
Noboru Matsuhashi Noboru Matsuhashi ... Ietsuna Tokugawa
Noboru Mitani Noboru Mitani ... Monk
Hideo Murota Hideo Murota ... Priest Inshun Hozoin
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After surviving the slaughter of many Christians 350 years ago, a samurai denounces God for ignoring the pleas of believers. He sells his soul to Satan and receives the power to resurrect the dead to join him in a murderous rampage. He is Shito: he brings to life a woman who was abused by her husband, two swordsmen who want to prove their skill, and a young man yearning for love. Shito leads them in attacks on people powerless in the face of such spirits. It's up to Jubei, the son of one of the resurrected swordsmen, to seek out a maker of swords who can fashion him with a weapon that will kill the undead. Showdowns loom. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Shiro Amakusa: The Tokugawa Shogunate is now about to end.
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Remade as Makai tenshô: The Armageddon (1999) See more »

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Visual masterpiece
16 April 2016 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

SAMURAI REINCARNATION is a visual tour de force from action master Kinji Fukasaku. From the very first scene in which 37,000 people are massacred and the camera pans over a wasteland populated by severed heads, you know you're going to be in for a real treat with this one. I've found Japanese period films made around the late '70s and early '80s to be real masterpieces in terms of set design and cinematography and SAMURAI REINCARNATION carries on that trend.

The plot is slow moving but this is a film that rewards close viewing so it doesn't matter. After his people are massacred by a cruel Shogun, a Christian is reincarnated as a devil and goes around collecting famous dead people, bringing them back to life so that they can slaughter the living. Only one man can stop them: Jubei Yagyu, a one-eyed pirate-looking dude played by genre star player Sonny Chiba at the top of his game.

As a samurai film, this has plenty of dramatic action scenes to recommend it, and they're all of the classic variety; a duel on a beach is a highlight, but the real wowzer is an extensive fight in a burning building. You've never seen fire burning like this before and the fight scene is incredible, as well as looking incredibly dangerous for the actors involved. Alongside Chiba, we get a supporting turn from Hiroyuki Sanada, playing a role that's a bit different to his usual heroic stuff, and there's even a pivotal part for LONE WOLF & CUB star Tomisaburo Wakayama. SAMURAI REINCARNATION is a film possessed of a dark and brooding atmosphere throughout; it's a grim, haunting, and visceral tale, and completely oppressive too. In fact, it might well be one of the moodiest Japanese films of the 1980s.


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6 June 1981 (Japan) See more »

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