Saturday 21 April 2012

DVD review: Samurai Avenger: The Blind Wolf (2009)

A blind man seeks revenge against a psychopath who took away his sight and slaughtered his wife and daughter. Eight years after the massacre, the man has returned to the desert town as a highly trained swordsman ready to seek justice. But he doesn't know there awaits seven assassins hired by his sworn enemy who wants the bounty on his head. Set in nowhere, no time, this bloody, modern-day fable is a new age hybrid action film with a classic samurai essence and a spaghetti western spirit. Samurai Avenger: The Blind Wolf is written by John Migdal and Kurando Mitsutake who is also the director and plays the main character Blind Wolf. There has been many films lately trying to recreate the grindhouse look using grainy camera effects and  'old looking' filming techniques , some are successful but mostly they are pretty bad or downright shit. Decent acting, some really silly situations/scenes and a lot of bloodshed.The film is and exercise in style, it´s professionally shot and edited and offers both nice and striking visuals. The frequent actionsequences might be a bit uneven and often balancing on a thin line between cool or ridiculous but they never disappoint. I´m sure that gorehounds will love Samurai Avenger: The Blind Wolf as it´s brutal, violent and very gory. They use both practical gore make-up fx and computer gendered fx and for the most part it looks very good ( a bit hard for me to admitt as a old school gore make-up lover) and fans of t & a won´t be disappointed..
This review is based upon the region 2 DVD relase from Njuta Films.
Rating: 6 out of 7. Samurai Avenger: The Blind Wolf is a really cool and it isn´t meant to be taken too seriously.


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