Ronin Gai (1990)
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This movie starts out really random but evens out about half way through. It turns out to be a really good samurai movie.
Rônin-Gai (1990) Rônin Guy? No. This "Street of the Masterless Samurai" is a remake of the Rônin-gai series to commemorate the great pioneer film maker (who basically create the Chambara/Samurai genre), Shozo Makino. This Samurai movie takes place in the 1830s between major Japanese feudal eras, when many Samurai were turned loose to fend for themselves, becoming masterless Samurai or Rônins. Many resign themselves to become store clerks, but some can only live hand to mouth. Some, like Bull (Shintarô "Zatoichi" Katsu) do some bouncer work in bars. He eats, and drinks in this restaurant/brothel outside of Edo. He is even teaching some of the prostitutes to write. There's a clan who has secretly been killing prostitutes and one of the beauties, Oshin (Kanako Higuchi) has been taken captive forcing many of the Rônin to sober up and come to her rescue.
easily the worst samurai film of the "serious" samurai films. this is still better than the samurai films that blend chinese martial arts, or the "D" attempts at samurai or the samurai films where the samurai's use guns or fight vampires, but as a serious attempt at jedi-geki samurai film making this is incredibly disappointing. it is unfortunate because this is shintaro katsu's last film, but the story was jumbled, the acting was weak, the cast was poorly chosen, and the end fell flat.
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