original title: Yoroi: Samurai Zonbi
aka: Yoroi: Samurai Zombie
Director: Tak Sakaguchi
Starring: Mitsuru Fukikoshi, Issei Ishida, Tak Sakagushi, Airi Nakajima, Shintarô Matsubara
Dead… but still slicing
You gotta give it up to the producers of this movie. Regardless if this is a good or bad movie, you can be sure that a movie called Samurai Zombie will sell a few dvd’s simply because of the name. And considering the budget of this one, I’m sure they don’t need a lot of sales to make their money back either.
Samurai Zombie starts with a family of four driving down a road talking about how the parents first meet when their family bliss suddenly gets interrupted when they hit a crazy guy standing in the middle of the road with a gun pointed at them. The crazy guy survives the hit, but is then gunned down by a strange couple and they then proceed to take the family hostage. They end up driving to a cursed village where they encounter The Samurai Zombie!
Even though it is a low budget movie, it looks decent enough and the only thing that screams low budget is the CGI effects. Director Tak Sakaguchi has done everything from acting, writing and directing previous to this one and he does a good job. Screenwriter Ryûhei Kitamura is the guy who wrote and directed Versus and also directed The Midnight Meat Train, which I didn’t care much about. The plot is very simple, but it does have a nice finale. It could have benefitted from cutting away about ten minutes of extra fat so it would run more smoothly.
The samurai zombie looks really cool in his full battle samurai outfit. I would have prefered the zombies to have more screen time since they are definitely the highlight of the movie. The gore isn’t to excessive in this one, it’s not tame either, but compared to most J-splatter movies it does not go overboard with it.
Samurai Zombie is a simple zombie movie that delivers some fun scenes, but it can only be recommended to those who wish to have a sweet named movie in their shelf for display.