Actor and action star Tak Sakaguchi’s proliferation continues no less than Thursday’s unveiling of an official poster for Crazy Samurai Musashi. The official release date in Japan will be on August 21, whereby fans of the action star can undoubtedly expect to hear more on the film’s progression in the international circuit through 2021.
Next to rejoining long time colleagues Sakaguchi and filmmaker/stunt maestro Yuji Shimomura, the film also signals a few more cast additions, namely the prospective billing of Sakaguchi’s Kingdom protagonist, actor Kento Yamazaki. An international trailer also began making the rounds as well through an extended intro video by way of the Wiiber YouTube channel last month.
This film, taken around the time of “Out and Deluxe,” consists of the most famous battle of the swordsman Miyamoto Musashi.
In this 77-minute, one-scene, no-cut action sequence, Miyamoto (TAK∴) defeats 588 enemies, one after the other. There is no room for error, no room for corny or unconvincing moves.
The film has undoubtedly had a long road – one that’s been rife with the kind of film industry drama that nearly solidified Sakaguchi’s “retirement” in 2013, save for appearing in Sion Sono’s Why Don’t You Play In Hell? among other projects.
It took a few years to see a major turn-around in Sakaguchi’s output with films like Red Blade, Rise Of The Machine Girls, and eventually, Shimomura’s CQC killer thriller, Re:Born. It also took the tenacious efforts of a team led by Shimomura and producing partner Ota Takayuki to help bring Crazy Samurai Musashi to a much-needed finish, and it’s exciting to see this title making its way down the final stretch, and in the middle of a global pandemic, no less.