Red Shadow: Akakage (2001)
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Another hip-hop mash-up of styles from the director of Samurai Fiction. Plenty of fun ninja traps and overwrought melodrama.
Above average kung-fu flick about three young ninjas who have been trained to engage in combat and run missions. It's two guys and one girl, so naturally, both pine for the woman, but then she dies, and the two guy friends are torn apart. Soon, war is afoot between villages and the two ninjas are forced to reunite again to help bring peace to the land. The film is a stylish and colorful send up to old-school kung-fu and samurai films. It incorporates a lot of funny humor, some great fight scenes, and an all around good story. I liked it.
This movie had a few parts that were HILARIOUS but for the most part was extremely slow. Not as many camera effects as Samurai Fiction and the music was very industrial (much like you would hear in The Matrix). The costumes were pretty nifty and some of the set designs were creative, especially in the castle with all of the traps and mechanisms.
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