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Samurai Resurrection (2003)

Makai tenshô (original title)
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37,000 Peasants perished in the Shimbara Revolt: among them, the leader of that uprising, Shiro Amakusa. Amakusa is resurrected from hell bent on revenging the death of his fellow comrades ... See full summary »


Hideyuki Hirayama


Satoko Okudera, Fûtarô Yamada (novel)



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Credited cast:
Yôsuke Kubozuka ... Amakusa Shiro Tokisada
Kumiko Asô ... Clara Oshina
Tetta Sugimoto Tetta Sugimoto ... Lord Tokugawa Yorinobu
Tomoka Kurotani Tomoka Kurotani ... Ohiro
Kazue Fukiishi Kazue Fukiishi ... Ohina
Kazuya Takahashi Kazuya Takahashi ... Date Kosaburo
Masaya Katô ... Araki Mataemon
Kyôzô Nagatsuka Kyôzô Nagatsuka ... Miyamoto Musashi
Kôichi Satô ... Yagyu Jubei Mitsuyoshi
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Akira Emoto Akira Emoto ... Nobutsuna Matsudaira
Arata Furuta ... Hozoin Inshun
Jun Kunimura
Akaji Maro ... Ieyasu Tokugawa
Katsuo Nakamura ... Yagyu Tajima-no-Kami Munenori
Yôji Tanaka Yôji Tanaka


37,000 Peasants perished in the Shimbara Revolt: among them, the leader of that uprising, Shiro Amakusa. Amakusa is resurrected from hell bent on revenging the death of his fellow comrades by over throwing the Shoganate. Shiro resurrects an army of living dead swordsmen by "Makai Tensho" (Demonic transmigration). Only the Legendary Samurai Jubei Yagyu, stands in his way! Written by Jessica Greenhood

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Vengeance From Hell



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Release Date:

26 April 2003 (Japan) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Yagyu Jubei Mitsuyoshi: Who are you?
Amakusa Shiro Tokisada: Amakusa Shiro Tokisada.
Yagyu Jubei Mitsuyoshi: Why does a ghost from Shimabara haunt the lands of Kishu? Do you seek vengeance?
Amakusa Shiro Tokisada: "Vengeance." ... Tell me, have you ever looked into hell?
[they are suddenly surrounded by a vision of the battlefield at Shimabara]
Amakusa Shiro Tokisada: So many slaughtered as an object lesson ... the last days of those who sought to escape Tokugawa rule ... hell itself! Man was not born to be another's dog!
[the battlefield is engulfed in fire]
Amakusa Shiro Tokisada: Judgment day is near, and the Tokugawa will sink in ...
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Not the greatest, but still a great movie...
13 May 2004 | by getupkid531See all my reviews

The only thing this film lacks is a detailed explanation of things that are going on within the film. For those of you who have not seen it, Makai Tensho is a period fiction film about the Christian leader of Japan during the feudal era. They staged an uprising and were slaughtered. The film starts off at his death, and continues on with him being resurrected by the devil to bring Japan, and eventually the world, to it's knees. The only person who is able to defeat him just so happens to be the Legendary Yagyu Jubei.

Yousuke Kubozuka's character, the Christian leader, has the power to resurrect fallen warriors from the bodies of young women. While some of the ones he brought back were people I had never heard of, the most important one he did revive was Miyamoto Musashi.

That's where the film lost me. A lot of the stuff going on in the film just did not make sense. A lot of key plot points (ie. How Yagyu Jubei's woman guard was turned into a dormant demon, why Musashi was revived, how the hell he got the powers.) It just really brought down the movie, but it's saving grace were the awesome fight scenes, and the superb acting (Especially by Yousuke Kubozuka.)

While not the greatest samurai movie I've seen, and while not the best horror movie I've seen, it's still a fun movie to watch. Check it out.

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