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A movie directed by Yohei Fukuda

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Lust in Translation? 2&1/2 Stars, at Best

  • Sep 10, 2009
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You know going into a film titled ONECHANBARA: SAMURAI BIKINI SQUAD that this probably wasn't directed by Martin Scorsese, but wouldn't it be neat if it was? Actually, if you don't expect this to make much sense, then ONECHANBARA is a reasonable piece of fun / cinematic cheesecake, though the script does lay on the 'family' metaphors a little too thick for its own good. Based on a video game, ONECHANBARA tells the bloody story of two sisters separated since a tragic death of their father in a post-apocalyptic world now populated by zombies that, for the most part, behave like traditional stumbling, bumbling zombies until the script calls for them to use karate and display other feats of athletic prowess. Throw in a chubby sidekick, and you have yourself a video game ... or a grade B motion picture adaption of one. Still, the zombie deaths are a'plenty, so the blood never lets up ... and the lead actress does look good in a leather cowboy hat and her fur-lined bikini. (Call me a pig, if you like!) By the end, you'll have very little idea of what all of this really means, but, if you keep in mind that this was all based on a video game, you won't feel all that bad.

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The movie adaptation of the hit Onechanbara video game series! In the year 20XX, scientifically created zombies roam the world in record numbers. Despite this, Aya is determined to track down her father's killer, a person who was once close to her. With sword in hand and wearing nothing but her trademark bikini and cowboy hat, she sets off to settle the score. Aya is joined on her path to vengeance by the chubby Katsuji and the gun-toting Reika. Together, they hack, slash, and shoot their way through a sea of the undead to reach the final showdown with a mad scientist and the destined duel with Aya's own sister. Extras: Based on the Onechanbara video game series. Onechanbara: Bikini Samurai Audio Commentary by Director Sakaguchi, Comes with special redemption code for Japan s #1 online card game.
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