Get Your Classic Samurai Fix With Trailer For Mikami Yasuo's SHUNDOU

Todd Brown, Founder and Editor
You may not have heard first time filmmaker Mikami Yasuo's name before but if you're at all a fan of classic samurai film he's about to make a big impression. Because Mikami clearly has a deep appreciation of the style and looks to have absolutely nailed it with his debut feature Shundou, on with Mikami is credited as writer, director, producer and editor.

1732, in the era of Yoshimune Tokugawa. West Japan suffers from a severe famine. Three years after wards, it appeared as though calm had been restored to the domain, but there is word that Jyuzo Matsumiya, the sword fighting instructor sent by the shogunate, is taking some suspicious actions.
Take a look at the trailer below.

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  • Tim

    What is it about so many Japanese films that makes them look like TV dramas? I think the acting has something to do with it but the main problem seems to be the cameras they use. Why is that?? What is different about their equipment from other countries (compare to Korea, for example, which has a much more cinematic style in my opinion).

  • Casshern666

    This movie is self financed smart ass(it's not a studio movie). It doesn't matter really because I haven't seen a better camera work than Rashomon and that movie is 63 years old.

  • Hiroaki Johnson

    20 years of stagnant economy.

  • The production cycles are (typically) much shorter than Koreas, which allows for fewer lighting setups, etc. That's one of the primary factors.

  • Gordon McAlpin

    Wow, that looks awesome.

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