Samurai Fiction

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.

 

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