Koga Mitsuki Is The BUSHIDO MAN

Todd Brown, Founder and Editor
It seems that, for the past decade or so, any discussion of Japanese martial arts films has revolved around the skills of Sakaguchi Tak. And there's good reason for that, Sakaguchi standing as by far the most prominent fighter within those years, starring in a host of popular titles. But Sakaguchi is far from the only game in town and a man whose skills are just as impressive is Koga Mitsuki.

Since first appearing in a bit part in Godzilla: Tokyo SOS - he piloted the Mechagodzilla - Koga has been a reliable force both in big budget films (Shinobi, Ichi, Tomorrow's Joe) and more cult titles (Cromartie High, Hard Revenge Milly, Kunoichi) and he has reunited with his Hard Revenge Milly director Tsujimoto Takanori for low budget fight flick Bushido Man.

The premise is simple: Koga plays a wandering fighter challenging the masters of various styles. And then he eats. It's almost a show reel for both director and actor, both showing off what they can do based on pure talent with no budget left over for trickery. Take a look at the trailer below.
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  • JustWondering

    The cinematography looks really cheap. In this age of low cost but super high quality digital cameras, should films still really look this cheap?

  • Seasons

    I'm sold. It's like an update of Joseph Kuo's Seven Grand Master.

  • Andrew Mack

    Walkooooooooooooow!

  • the premise reminds me a little of the Korean "Fighter in the Wind" movie from several years ago, and bonus points for bringing back the "Camo Gi" from the 80's worn by no ninja, ever... except for Godfrey Ho films of course...

  • cuttermaran

    For a "no budget flick" it looks better then usual.

  • Szmigiel

    Tak's first appeared in Ryuhei Kitamura's Versus back in 2000.

  • Wrong actor you're talking about. It's Koga Mitsuki that Todd was listing the movies for but you are right with Tak first appearing in Versus.

  • You are correct, sir. Thought that was pretty clear.

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