Once again Yoshihiro Nishimura rears his gory FX laden head in “Samurai Princess”! This time directed by Kenjo Kaji (“Ultraman Moebius”).I’m convinced Nishimura could never dissapoint! “Samurai Princess” is a hybrid of “TGP” and “TMG”, although the lack of budget is recognizably evident, though it doesn’t detract from the overall distinction of the film. The costumes are 1980’s retro chic and heavily stylized. It does appear though that the cast and crew were offered a forest for a set and said go to work! That is exactly what mad scientist Director Kenjo Kaji had, and precisely what he needed to make this formula for success that is….”Samurai Princess”.
Kaji does a great job, but when you include Yoshiro Nishimura into the picture, you can not expect to be shortchanged, he will gross you out….hardcore!! You may in fact get more(generally bucket fulls) than you could have ever imagined. Nishimura is truly an effects master, only the best in blood, gore and the most perverse imaginations ever created. Exploitive, yet stylistic and original.
At one point Samurai Princess was a normal schoolgirl, spending time with her friends by a nearby stream, living life as it should be, when a villainous gang of sadistic rapists comes along. The rapists do what they do best and Samurai Princess is left alone, clinging to life and left for dead. Along comes a even stranger individual, who specializes in typical mad scientist insanity, more specifically, experimentations mixing human and machine. Now, “Samurai Princess” is known as a “Mecca” a cyborg like creature instilled with elaborate instruments of death. Also with the help of a Buddhist priestess they insert the souls of “SP’s” dead friends into her. Now, flash forward back to present day….. awake and coming to the realization that her normal life is over…”SP concludes someone made her this way and she will do anything and kill as many as it will take to find out who.
Aino Kishi plays the beautiful “Samurai Princess, clad in minimal clothing, the adult film actress fits the part to the tee. Aside from the lackluster budget, that in my opinion is only visible in video production and set design, this film is a real treat to the genre. Original costume design, stupendous effect by a true effects genius and well done acting(at times quite overdone), this makes “SP” a genre must see. Although “Samurai Princess” was not a “Tokyo Gore Police”, it did have similar elements, only turned down a few notches.
“Samurai Princess” wields Katanas that discover the best in arterial spray in every direction possible. Anyone standing anywhere near the spraying is sure to be bathed in blood, at times covering the camera lens, a Nishimura trademark! Two removable breasts that when attached together yield a grenade, that on occasion will make heads explode in full view. A circular saw that extends from the sternum of “SP”….I’m sure you can imagine what that does. Chainsaw legs and a guitar that emits sound waves when strummed, causing a serious mess.
“Samurai Princess” is a highly creative film, filled with high quality scenes of gore filled madness, done by only the best effects director possible. What the film lacks in development and budget, it completely makes up in originality, creativity and style. The fun factor for “SP” is clearly off the charts….and for goodness sakes, IT HAS BREAST GRENADES!!!!
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