Quinten Tarantino lifts from the best.
While Kill Bill gets well-deserved praise, some of the action and a major song spring from this fairly unknown ’90s Japanese flick.
Starring rock god Tomoyasu Hotei, who also provided the soundtrack, this is an often very-funny tale of feuding samurai and ninja.
Shot in black and white, the film goes to brief splashes of red when a warrior reaches the end of their mortal life.
Inspired by old-school masters like Akira Kurosawa, it provides a road map for a new group of directors who likely discovered the film thanks to bootleg DVD’s.