LEGEND OF THE 8 SAMURAI
"Satomi Hakkenden" - (2006)
Known as the "Greatest Samurai Novel in Japan", this drama is based on the novel.
A rather star-studded cast for this period TV Special. A story about 8 chosen Samurai Warriors set with a destiny to save the country of "Satomi" from impending doom resulting from a curse. The story starts off with the curse, and then the princess sacrificing her life to save her country, her will carries 8 magic crystals to 8 different Warriors who must come together and unite to defeat the evil that plagues the country of Satomi. An outstanding cast who each deliver a magnificent performance, especially Kanno Miho (sooo evil ..), Nakama Yukie is very elegant in her small yet pivotal role as the princess. Ayase Haruka plays the token damzel in distress very well and Takizawa Hideaki is quite impressive (as always) and his skills with the sword fresh off Yoshitsune make all the action look very real. The action choreography in general is awesome with all the 8 Samurai very believable, as are the visual effects.
STARRING: TAKIZAWA HIDEAKI, AYASE HARUKA, KANNO MIHO
2006 - JAPANESE with ENGLISH SUBTITLES - COLOR - 16:9 ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN - 236 MINUTES
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