You could say of the production and essential completion of action star Tak Sakaguchi‘s new period thriller, Crazy Samurai Musashi, that it’s been, in a word, challenging. Considering it’s been close to a decade since the start of it’s evolution, “challenging” might be understating things a bit.
Needless to say, if you know the history and/or otherwise love Tak’s work, then a film like Crazy Samurai Musashi, now in the hands of stunt maestro and filmmaker Yuji Shimomura and producer Ota Takayuki, surely falls within your filmgoing purview. The film still awaits release date and further acquisition news going forward, but the star has since unveiled an international trailer via Wiiber in a fifteen minute video discussing the project (the trailer starts at the 00:25 mark).
Save for the trailer itself, the rest of the video doesn’t have subtitles for Tak at the moment, but to give you a bit of context, Sakaguchi stars as the 17th century samurai of legend, Miyamoto Musashi, who battles more than four hundred warriors in a deadly challenge against the Yoshioka Ryu. The biggest selling point here is the action which is all said to be stylized as a seventy seven-minute single take (a technique adopted by Hollywood and other filmmakers around the globe as “oners”).
Click here for last summer’s teaser as well in case you missed it. It’s a fair quick watch to add to the hype as the year progresses and while developments hopefully arise on release plans; Japan could be on par for at-home VOD releases if that’s the case considering the state the world and industry are in from Covid-19.
Best of all is that this won’t be the last we hear from the star of Re:Born as he’s long since recurred on a number of projects after signaling his retirement in 2013. It’s interesting times we live in, to say the least, but it’s a damn good time to be a Tak fan.
Hat tip to Kimmy Suzuki for the update!