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3.0 out of 5 stars
A true stylistic inspiration., 14 Dec. 2004
Shogun Assassin set the stakes when it came to 1970s samurai flicks. Not only did it raise the standards of action cinema generally, it proved to movie-goers that there was still something left in the partly dieing samurai genre. Although compared to today's standards, this movie looks nothing matched to the likes of "Kill Bill", but it's from this movie that Kill Bill got lots of its inspiration. Director of Kill Bill, Quentin Tarantino calls it "A legendary in post-modern cinema." I agree with him completely. It may not have the best script, acting or plotlone, but it sure goes down in history for being a trend-setting gorefest with a heck of a lot of class.
Sadly, the DVD is extremely poor. It's depressing to see such a masterful piece of cinema slumped quickly onto a disc. The quality of the picture is terrible and the picture ratio is so thin you can't be anymore than a few yards away to see what's going on in the film. There are no extras at all, except a pointless picture gallery. Hopefully Shogun Assassin will be re-released one day with it's former quality restored, but for now, this is a terrible copy, even for such a low price.
Overall, I award this Shogun Assassin DVD, 3/5. It's a shame about the DVD, which is the reason for it's "average" score. However, the film is excellent and I recommend you purchase this cheap masterpiece, dispite it's lack of quality.