Re:Born (2016) Blu-ray Review

source url On sale 12th March from Eureka! Entertainment, directed by Yuji Shimomura.

Toshiro, a former special forces operative, now lives a quiet life in the Japanese countryside. Despite his seemingly peaceful existence, Toshiro struggles to contain the destructive impulses that once made him the top soldier in an elite unit of killers. When his former commanding officer, the enigmatic Phantom (Akio Ôtsuka), comes out of the shadows seeking revenge, Toshiro goes on a kill-crazy rampage against a squad of ruthless assassins.

Re:Born has two big assets, which are linked to each other. The first are the sheer number of incredible fights scenes. Second is its star Tak Sakaguchi who not only partakes in the fight scenes but helped choreograph them too as well as co-writing the script. 

Tak, as he is now simply known as, will be known to fans of extreme Asian cinema for his first role – Versus (2000). He has appeared in other cult favourites since then and has built a following. In this feature he does more of what has earned him a name (which he describes as ‘Zero Range Combat’) and if he isn’t killing someone he is usually seen standing and staring at someone he is going to kill.

The movie is directed by Yuji Shimomura, who has previously directed Death Trance (2005) which also stars Tak. As a result of the nature of the countless fast paced fight scenes Shimomura’s directing matches this and is frenetic. 

But more about the numerous fights and killings…

The last thirty minutes of the feature are essentially one big, looong fight sequence. The viewer can forget about things like plot or even the actors speaking. Tak just beats up or kills dozens of men, and women, at length. Dialogue is not required. Just when six or so men have been quickly killed another half dozen show up and the process is repeated. No pun intended but it’s almost overkill at times.

Apart from trailers there is one 38 second special feature, an introduction to the movie by Tak recorded at the Fighting Spirit Festival. Everyone there seems pleased Re:Born is getting a UK release.

Those who have heard of the movie or of Tak will not be let down.

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