Created: 07/08/2014 12:15 PM KSTP.com
By: Aaron Chalich
I just finished watching one of the best and most original martial arts films I have ever seen. I am so amazed and entertained by it, I can’t stop thinking about it.
Shout Factory just released a film on Blu-ray called “Bushido Man: Seven Deadly Battles.”
It was directed by Takanori Tsujimoto and stars Mitsuki Koga, Yoshiyuki Yamaguchi, and Masanori Mimoto. I loved the story and thought that it was very original and cleverly written. It’s about a student who goes on a quest to bring back seven scrolls to his master. The scrolls contain the secrets of seven different martial arts styles such as stick, knife, sword, kung fu, nunchaku, firearm and special weapon.
The master tells his student that in order to learn his opponent’s fighting style he must eat what they eat. When the student comes back from his journey he tells his master all about his battles and about the foods he ate. The master wanted to try and figure out who he fought, so he would have his student tell him what kind of food he ate before he fought.
There are so many surprises in the film, you will not know what to expect. I also guarantee you will not figure out how the movie is going to end. I was totally surprised and usually I can figure out an ending to almost any movie pretty early into it.
There is a really neat bonus feature on the Blu-ray called “Making Bushido Man: From the Fantasia Film Festival.” I thought it was pretty cool to see the actors behind the scenes talking with their fans.
Overall I really enjoyed Shout Factory’s “Bushido Man: Seven Deadly Battles." I really enjoyed the story and thought it was very original. The fight scenes looked amazing, they were full of action and very well-choreographed. There was also a lot of humor, making it very entertaining.
I ended up being very surprised by the ending and thought it was a great way to end the film. If you are a fan of martial arts films and want to watch something that is very entertaining and full of exciting fight scenes, then I would highly recommend that you check out “Bushido Man: Seven Deadly Battles."
“Bushido Man” is not rated.
Aaron Chalich is an entertainment columnist for KSTP.com